Census 2020



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Why Census 2020 Matters to You

Every man, woman and child has an impact on the future of the Maricopa region by participating in the 2020 Census.

The iCount2020 Campaign is a regional outreach effort by the Maricopa Association of Governments aimed at demonstrating the importance of every single person being counted.

The census serves as the basis for determining congressional representation and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support vital programs in states and communities across the country—impacting health care, housing, education, transportation, employment, and public policy.

Want to know more? Check out MAG’s iCount2020 website. There you will find census information on how to participate, why you count, and your right to privacy. The site is easy to navigate and is available in English and Spanish. You can also sign up to receive text and/or email messages (in English and Spanish) about important deadlines and ways to get involved.

Are you curious about how many people in your community are responding to the 2020 Census? Stay up to date with an interactive map of self-response rates from across the United States.

MAG’s census outreach efforts are also featured on the U.S. Census Bureau’s website. Read the article here.

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From the U.S. Census website:

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

The 2020 Census will require counting an increasingly diverse and growing population of around 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units. To get an accurate count, the Census Bureau must build an accurate address list of every housing unit, maximize self-response to the census, and efficiently follow up with those who do not respond.

Thomas Jefferson led the first census in 1790. It had six questions: name of head of family and the number of persons in each household in five categories.

Currently we are researching four areas that focus on the major cost drivers of the census:

  • Use the Internet to increase self-response.
  • Use existing government data sources to answer census questions and reduce follow-up workload.
  • Automate operations to increase productivity and reduce staff and offices.
  • Use existing maps and address to reflect changes rather than walking every block in every neighborhood in America.

The decennial census is the largest mobilization and operation conducted in the United States and requires years of research, planning and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count.

Complete Count Committee Resources

In April 2018, Census Bureau staff conducted a series of trainings around the MAG region to help member agency staff learn about Complete Count Committees, or CCCs. These committees are formed by local governments to promote and encourage response to the 2020 Census in their communities. A CCC is comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders who act as trusted voices to develop and implement awareness of 2020 Census to encourage responses based upon their knowledge of the local community.

On the right under "Materials" are presentations and resources from those trainings.