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Posted on: January 8, 2020

Arapahoe County Begins Preparations for 2020 Census

People participating in census conversations

Every 10 years, all American communities do a head count of their population. Although this may seem like just another government survey, the Census has an important impact on everyone’s daily lives. That’s because the population data gleaned from the Census is used to calculate congressional representation, as well as the allocation of federal funds for programs such as roads, schools, affordable housing, senior services, emergency management, fire stations, libraries, job training, water treatment, veterans programs, community centers, literacy programs, parks and many other everyday amenities.

As populations shift between states, communities, and urban and rural areas, it’s important to track these movements so that the money coming from the federal government will go where it’s most needed. Communities with lower survey completion rates won’t receive the benefits they should, and they won’t be able to rectify the shortcomings until 2030.

That’s why the more people who complete their Census survey, the more funding their communities can collect and deploy toward literally hundreds of critical services and programs. Arapahoe County is dedicating significant resources this year toward making sure we get as accurate a population count as possible. Maximizing Census participation, in turn, will maximize the federal funding assistance County residents will rely upon for the next decade.

The heart of the County’s approach to Census 2020 is to ensure that hard-to-reach populations are engaged and counted appropriately. These groups include children under five, ethnic and racial minorities, people with disabilities, people with low incomes, immigrants, those with limited English proficiency, rural residents, adults age 60 and above, and those who are experiencing homelessness. The County has received a federal grant to provide staff support and equipment that can be used to help these communities complete the Census questionnaire.

Arapahoe County is also taking the lead with local municipalities, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and other targeted groups to educate residents about the Census and encourage participation from all residents. A Complete Count Committee, led by Arapahoe County commissioners, oversees these efforts.

New this year is the ability to complete the Census electronically. Beginning in March, check your mailbox for an invitation to complete the Census survey online, by phone or by mail. It only takes a few minutes, it’s safe and secure, and it will make all the difference for you and your neighbors. For more details visit 2020Census.gov.

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