Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show more than 99.9 percent of Arizona households have been counted in the 2020 Census. The deadline for participation in the first-ever online census changed numerous times, but Census Bureau operations were finally completed on October 15, 2020.
What is at stake for the region? Congressional representation and $20 billion dollars in federal funding every year to Arizona for local programs in housing, education, transportation, healthcare, public safety and more.
The iCount2020 campaign was a regional public outreach initiative by the Maricopa Association of Governments aimed at demonstrating the importance of every single person being counted.
MAG’s census outreach efforts are also featured on the U.S. Census Bureau’s website. Read the article here.
From the U.S. Census website:
The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.
The 2020 Census will require counting an increasingly diverse and growing population of around 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units. To get an accurate count, the Census Bureau must build an accurate address list of every housing unit, maximize self-response to the census, and efficiently follow up with those who do not respond.
Thomas Jefferson led the first census in 1790. It had six questions: name of head of family and the number of persons in each household in five categories.
Currently we are researching four areas that focus on the major cost drivers of the census:
The decennial census is the largest mobilization and operation conducted in the United States and requires years of research, planning and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count.
In April 2018, Census Bureau staff conducted a series of trainings around the MAG region to help member agency staff learn about Complete Count Committees, or CCCs. These committees are formed by local governments to promote and encourage response to the 2020 Census in their communities. A CCC is comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders who act as trusted voices to develop and implement awareness of 2020 Census to encourage responses based upon their knowledge of the local community.
On the right under "Materials" are presentations and resources from those trainings.
Communication Project Manager
Laurie Berg Sapp
Senior Planning Project Manager