Local 2020 Census efforts underway for a complete count

The Census shapes many different aspects of our community, from health clinics to schools, fire departments to roads and bridges. Organizations of all kinds make budgetary and strategic decisions based on Census data, so it is important to make sure everyone is counted.

Each person counted in the Census equates to approximately $2,300 annually in federal funds allocated to Colorado. And, Colorado is likely to gain an additional seat in Congress as a result of the upcoming count. If the state receives an eighth seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, then that means a bigger voice for Colorado in federal decision making.

The Aspen to Parachute Complete Count effort was launched this past fall to increase participation in the 2020 Census, with a particular focus on hard-to-count populations such as young children, seniors, seasonal workers and Spanish-speakers. The committee has developed a comprehensive public outreach and education campaign to reach these populations.

Census counting begins on March 23. In early March, postcards with instructions on how to participate will be sent to all physical addresses. In 2020, for the first time, respondents have the option to fill out an online form or answer questions over the phone. By providing these choices, including the traditional paper format, the Census Bureau hopes to avoid the need to track down too many people in person.

Census Day, April 1, 2020, kicks off the door-to-door phase. By that date, residents at a given address who have not responded will begin receiving additional postcards and/or reminders as well as visits by local Census takers. Everyone should have multiple opportunities to be counted.