Stand up and be counted Loveland - in the 2020 Decennial Census
Contact: Justine Bruno, 962-2304
Be counted in the 2020 Census – It’s easy, it’s safe and it’s important!
April 1, 2020, is Census Day. It will be the 24th time this country has conducted a Census since 1790 when George Washington was in the first term of his presidency!
What is the Census?
The Census is a count of every single living person in the United States and its five U.S. territories. It is held every ten years as mandated by the Constitution, and participation is required by law.
Why is the Census important?
A Census count directly impacts a community’s ability to access federal monies and programs that affect things such as education, school meal programs, roads, transportation, human services, affordable housing, services for elderly and veterans, parks, and much much more. It also determines the number of seats in Congress each state gets as well as defining electoral district boundaries.
How do I participate in the Census?
You have received your invitation to participate, now what? You can take the Census in one of three ways: online, by phone or by mail. Online surveys can be taken on mobile devices.
Starting in March, 2020, you will receive a mailed invitation to complete the Census online, which will include a user ID and passcode. By late March, you will receive a reminder postcard if you haven’t taken the Census yet. A reminder letter and paper survey will be mailed to your household between April 8-16 if your response still has not been received. One final reminder postcard will be sent at the end of April. If you have not completed your Census by then, the Census Bureau will follow-up with you in-person.
Is it safe to participate in the Census and is my information kept confidential?
The information you provide is protected by law and completely confidential! The Census Bureau does not share your data with any other agencies and Title 13 of U.S. Code protects your information. Census employees swear an oath to maintain confidentiality and risk felony charges or a $250,000 fine if your information is compromised in any way.
What will I be asked?
The Census will contain approximately seven to nine questions, depending upon household size. Questions will include basic things such as; name, age, sex, race, origin and household size, as well as some additional questions such as the Census taker’s relationship to others in the household.
What kind of Census activities are happening in Loveland?
Address canvassing is already underway in Loveland. Census employees will be out in our neighborhoods through mid-October to update the U.S. Census Bureau’s address books. By canvassing each community, the U.S. Census Bureau can verify home locations and the number of dwelling units on each parcel, which reduces the likelihood of undercounting. To see where the Census will be address canvassing in Loveland, go to: https://gis-portal.data.census.gov/arcgis/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1a0004d1745547888c8fd2f4d929d42f
Work for the 2020 Census
How can you earn extra income while helping your community? The 2020 Census! The Bureau is looking to hire about 38,000 people in Colorado to help with the count. Recruiting has already started and will continue through the end of the year. There are thousands of temporary jobs including Census takers, office staff, recruiting assistants and supervisory staff. Hourly wages in Larimer County begin at $16 per hour for Census takers and include reimbursement for mileage and other work related expenses. For more information, call 1-855-562-2020, or apply online at: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs/how-to-apply.html
Get involved in this important effort!
One of the best ways you can contribute is by completing your survey on time! Another way to get involved is to volunteer for Loveland’s Complete Count Committee, which helps spread Census awareness to hard-to-count neighborhoods in Loveland.
For more information on how you can help, or other questions regarding the Census, visit https://2020census.gov/en or contact Loveland’s Census Project Manager, Justine Bruno, at 970-962-2304, or email Justine.Bruno@cityofloveland.org.