Census 2020 first step

I really love the Census, so much of the work I do making maps requires it. I frequently work with international data, and it the US Census is among the most complete country-wide data collected across the globe. We use it for analysis and understanding our population. It is immensely important for the work we do at the county.

The United States Constitution requires a census of the population every ten years.  The U. S. Census counts people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, and citizens and non-citizens.  Population totals from the decennial Census determine the number of seats each state has in the United States House of Representatives and are used to redraw state legislative districts, county supervisory districts, and municipal aldermanic districts, and is used to determine the appropriation of approximately $675 billion in federal funds for state and local programs.

The Complete Count Committee will work for one year, and is a group of diverse community leaders appointed by the County Executive for the purpose of developing and implementing a comprehensive 2020 Census awareness campaign in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.  Communities throughout the country have begun forming these committees, including the cities of Madison and Middleton. Dane County will coordinate with municipal committees, and will focus geographically outside of Madison.  Additionally, the county will identify areas with a low initial response for the 2010 census and will focus on improving the response for 2020. 

 The goals of the Dane County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee are to:

  • ensure an accurate count of every resident,

  • ensure an accurate count of most likely undercounted communities,

  • achieve a high return of online, phone, and mailed Census surveys,

  • make every resident aware of the Census, and

  • make every resident aware that the information they provide for the Census is kept in complete confidence.

If you, or your organization, would like to be involved, please reach out: buckingham.tanya@countyofdane.com.

Below is the introduction of the resolution. A huge thanks to Supervisor Chawla of District 6 for helping me with figuring out the starting point in the video.