The following information is from Christian County Missouri.
What is the 2020 Census?
In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will be taking the census (which occurs every 10 years) to collect updated population data for every state, county, municipality and geographic area of the United States. The goal of the census is to count every living person residing in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. April 1, 2020 is Census Day. Where you live on that day is where you should be counted.
The 2020 Census will be extremely important for Christian County. While everyone pays taxes to the federal government (whether you get counted in the census or not) the census data guides how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed back to states and communities each year. Each person that goes uncounted in Christian County will mean that our county will miss out on $1,300 of federal funds for our community each year.
What is “Christian County Counts”?
Because the census is so important, the county government has partnered with each of the municipal governments, chambers of commerce, school districts, fire protection districts, and various other agencies, non-profits, religious leaders, and businesses to establish a single, coordinated effort to educate Christian County residents about the census and to encourage them to be counted. On September 16, 2019 partners across the county established Christian County Counts. This organization is what the U.S. Census Bureau refers to as a “complete count committee”.
The mission of Christian County Counts is to encourage a complete and accurate population count of Christian County in the 2020 Census.
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The following information is from the from the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments, of which the City of Fremont Hills is a Member.
You may notice Census workers in your community this month as they canvass addresses.
From August 4 through October 18, you may see employees walking your streets with a Census Bureau badge, laptop, and bag as they verify addresses. It is critical to have a complete master address list so the Bureau can reach every person living in the country and invite them to respond to the 2020 Census.
It is important to note that this is not the census count and no personal data on individuals will be collected.
How to identify Census Employees
Canvassers will always have official government badge with photo ID, an official bag, and an official laptop with the 2020 Census logo. Canvassers will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhood they are canvassing.
If you have any questions about these operations or the individuals conducting the canvassing in your community, contact the Chicago Regional Census Center at 312-579-1500. More detailed information on how to identify a Census Employee may be found online at the 2020 Census Website.
You can see where In-Field Canvassing will occur by using this interactive, online map.
How does the Census Bureau build their master address list?
1) First, by working with the USPS – this decade, more than 5.3 million new addresses were added using data from the USPS,
2) Second, by validating more than 106 million addresses using information from tribal, state, and local governments
3) Finally, the address canvassing operation is conducted – in the past, the Census Bureau would wait until the end of the decade to do most of this work. In preparation for the 2010 Census, the Bureau hired 150,000 people to walk around every block in the nation. But in preparation for the 2020 Census will only hire 40,000 In-Field Address Canvassing workers as 65% of the 140 million households in the U.S. were validate in-office using satellite imagery.
The 2020 Census is on track to have the most complete address list in history which will help ensure a more accurate count.
It is important to remember that when you respond to the census, you shape your future and the future of your community.