The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Tuesday that it will begin following up with households in select areas in Colorado that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.
The census takers will begin with three census offices in the Denver metro area and then will begin follow-up work on August 11 with the rest of Colorado. All four Colorado area census offices are scheduled to conclude work no later than October 31.
What Households Can Expect
Households can still respond now by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at 2020census.gov, or by phone at 844-330-2020.
Households can also respond online or by phone in one of 13 languages and find assistance in many more. Those that respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.
The Census Bureau has announced that it will be providing face masks to census takers and requires that census takers wear a mask while conducting their work. In addition, census takers are directed to follow CDC and local public health guidelines when they visit.
All census takers must complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance before beginning their work in Colorado communities.
Census takers are hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.
If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone, or by mail. Coloradans are encouraged to cooperate with census takers and ensure that everyone who was living in their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.
How to Identify Census Takers
Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date on the badge. To confirm a census taker’s identity, the public may contact their regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
Why the 2020 Census is Important
- The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. A census has been conducted every ten years since 1790, one year after the ratification of the United States Constitution.
- The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the United States as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day).
- Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Census statistics inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years.