As mandated by Article I, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution, every ten years the Census Bureau counts the entire population of the country. The Census Bureau also collects demographic information such as group living situations, sex, age and race of each person. The Town of Avon has a vested interest in achieving an accurate and complete census because the results:
• Determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives
• Affect the distribution of over $675 billion in federal and state funding each year
• Are used to draw political districts
• Inform master planning, public safety, emergency preparedness and other Town projects.
• Assist residents as they use the results support community initiatives
In 2020, the Census Bureau will implement new technology to make it easier than ever to respond to the Census. For the first time, people will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail. The Census Bureau aims to use data that the public has already provided to reduce follow-up visits. They are in the process of building an accurate address list and automating field operations, all while keeping everyone’s information confidential and safe.
The Census Bureau’s first major field operation for the 2020 Census, Address Canvassing, is already underway. Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census. The address list plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States. In-field address canvassing will continue through mid-October. The public can begin responding to the Census in March.
Over the next few months, Town staff will work with Brian Meinhart, Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as the other organizations in the Eagle River Valley Complete County Committee, to inform our residents about the importance of the Census in local affairs, while working to achieve a complete and accurate count of all persons in our community. We’ve learned that Census engagement is not one-size fits all. There are a variety of reasons people don’t participate in the Census and it will be important for us to tailor our outreach strategies to be as effective as possible. Two of our main focus areas will be to reach out to hard-to-count populations and to create a sense of safety to encourage high participation.
Please click HERE for a general overview of the 2020 Census to gain an understanding of the purpose of the Census, key milestones, and how federal law protects Census responses.
For more information about the 2020 Census, please visit www.census.gov.