The 2020 Census at a Glance

The census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That’s why an accurate count is so important. 

Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. Our nation’s founders believed this data was so important that they mandated the decennial census in the Constitution.

This will be the first census offered online and over the phone.  All personal information recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is not shared with any other department or branch of the government.  Data is summarized and distributed by census blocks at the smallest scale. The census is safe and important.

When is it?

Census Day is April 1, 2020.

What Has Been Completed Thus Far

NVCOG and it’s member municipalities participated in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation in the spring of 2018.  Only house and unit numbers with road and street names were used during this process. Over 5000 addresses within the NVCOG region were added to the Census Bureau’s database.  The address verification process will occur in the autumn of 2019.  

This past spring, NVCOG participated in the Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) to review and update selected statistical area boundaries for 2020 Census data tabulation following U.S. Census Bureau guidelines and criteria.  We created an online map showing existing boundaries and proposed boundary changes.

What is Happening Now

Our GIS staff is now in the process of adding households built after the LUCA Operation with any addresses with construction completion dates before April 2020.

We have recently received feedback from the U.S. Census Bureau from the LUCA Operation and we have successfully found over 4500 missing addresses.  This is a potential for an additional 11,700 people to be counted in the Naugatuck Valley Region!

Complete Count Committees

Group of leaders at Valley Complete Count Committee kickoff

When community members are informed, they are more likely to respond to the census. State and local governments; community based organizations; faith-based groups; schools; businesses; the media; and others play a key role in developing partners to educate and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census.

“Connecticut is launching a major effort in advance of the 2020 Census to ensure that we are the best counted state in the nation. An accurate census count is critically important to our state as it is the foundation to determine federal funding allocations. The data collected by the 2020 census affects all of us, not just in government, but also private businesses, schools, hospitals, non-profits, and other public and private entities. Currently, Connecticut is ranked first in the nation for paying the most in federal income taxes and we are amongst the lowest in getting federal dollars in return. Therefore, it is extremely important that Connecticut state government take an active role in facilitating counting efforts by establishing the Connecticut Complete Count Committee.”

- Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz

Municipalities and organizations in our region have started Complete Count Committees in preparation of the 2020 Census:

  • City of Ansonia 
  • Town of Beacon Falls
  • City of Bristol
  • City of Derby
  • Town of Oxford
  • City of Waterbury
  • Naugatuck Valley Complete Count Committee
    • includes Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Oxford, Seymour & Shelton
  • Connecticut’s Third Congressional District 
    • includes Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Prospect, Seymour and parts of Shelton & Waterbury
  • Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District
    • includes Oxford and the other part of Shelton

See how you and your community can get involved with a Complete Count Committee.

Census response formats

Response Outreach Area Mapper

The Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) application was developed to make it easier to identify hard-to-survey areas and to provide a socioeconomic and demographic characteristic profile of these areas using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates available in the Planning Database. Learning about each hard-to-survey area allows the U.S. Census Bureau to create a tailored communication and partnership campaign, and to plan for field resources including hiring staff with language skills. These and other efforts can improve response rates. Some of these hard-to-survey areas are in the Naugatuck Valley region .

The Census Bureau will never ask for:
• Social Security numbers.
• Bank or credit card account numbers.
• Money or donations.
• Anything on behalf of a political party.

Helpful Links

United States Census homepage for all information on the upcoming Census.


Census 101 contains more information on the importance of participating in the 2020 Census.


U.S. Census Jobs for temporary positions needed for three offices within the State of Connecticut.


Naugatuck Valley Regional Profile is based on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Days Until Census Day

NVCOG Census News

Staff Contact:

Richard Crowther Jr.

GIS Analyst


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