The 2020 Census isn’t far away. It’s important for Colorado Springs that every single person living in our city is counted in the census. This includes one-day old babies to 100 year-old grandparents. It includes people who were born in the United States, immigrated here, or have one of a number of visas, such as student or work visas. It also includes students and members of the military community residing in Colorado Springs on April 1, 2020, whether or not this is your hometown.
Why your response matters
Your response helps guide planning for the future of our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they help define congressional and state legislative districts.
What to expect
Starting in March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will invite every household across the U.S. to fill out the census. Most households will receive the invitation by mail. Every household will have the option of responding online by mail, or by phone. A census taker will visit households that don’t respond in order to get the responses in person.
A sample copy of the 2020 Census is available online.
For more information visit PikesPeakCensus.Com.
The Census is safe
Your responses to the Census are confidential. The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous. By law, the Census Bureau can’t release information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement. That means your answers can’t be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits. The security of the Census Bureau systems and infrastructure are designed to defend against and contain cyberthreats. The Census Bureau continually refines its approach to identify, prevent, detect, and respond to those cyberthreats.
How census data affects Colorado Springs
The 2020 Census is your opportunity to shape the future of your community.
Census data is used to determine how many seats Colorado has in the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as drawing state and local legislative boundaries. But the census also affects our everyday lives in many other ways.
For example, Many 911 emergency systems are based on maps developed on data from the last census. When wildfires, floods, or other natural disasters strike, the census tells rescuers how many people need their help. Census data also can help health providers predict the spread of disease through communities with children or elderly people.
Businesses use census data to reduce financial risk and locate potential markets. Census data helps businesses produce the products you want by helping them understand customer needs. They use it to determine new geographical areas to expand into, and determine the best place to locate factory sites and distribution centers.
School district use census data to draw boundaries, develop adult educational programs, and plan for educational services for people with disabilities.
We use census data to draw City Council districts.
It also helps in planning for hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. It informs medical research, and helps planning for health services for people with disabilities.
It helps our community forecast future housing needs, and plan for future transportation needs. It helps determine areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans, and informs assistance programs for low-income families.
History of the census
The first U.S. Census took place in 1790. It takes place every 10 years and counts every person living in the United State and its five territories.
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