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The 2020 Census is approaching– and cities need to prepare. The Census population counts have major implications for how an estimated 675 billion dollars is distributed to local governments each year.  Redistricting of legislative districts and enforcement of statutes affecting voting rights rely on decennial Census data. The decennial Census has a major effect on cities, and local leaders can play a significant role in its success.

Municipalities can:

  1. Inform residents that the census is easy and the data is protected.

  2. Create or join a Complete Count Committee in your area.

  3. Partner with other trusted voices and influential leaders who are committed to increasing census participation.

  4. Educate your residents on the importance of completing the census.

  5. Help with recruiting for census jobs.

Complete Count Committees

The goal of the Census Bureau is a complete and accurate census.

Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. One way you can help is by forming a Complete Count Committee.

State and local governments, businesses and community leaders form Complete Count Committees to encourage participation in their community. They let their communities know that the census is easy, safe and important.

  • By forming now, you can begin developing your plan, allocating your resources and informing your community.

    • A good first step is identifying your community’s unique characteristics. Consider any barriers or concerns that may prevent your community members from participating in the census. Then you can explore ways to address or overcome those barriers.

    • You can begin allocating funds for conducting outreach activities through 2020.

    • Residents may begin to see census workers verifying our address list in your community. The more informed your residents are about the 2020 Census, the better they will understand the process and the more willing they will be to participate.

If you are interested in forming a Complete Count Committee, please read the Complete Count Committees pamphlet. You can also contact the Census Bureau regional office covering your area. You can find your regional office at https://www.census.gov/about/contact-us/regions.html

Preparing for the 2020 Census

The National League of Cities has recently released Preparing for the 2020 Census, a municipal action guide that will help cities navigate the upcoming census. Visit NLC.org/census to find the full guide and a census checklist.

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