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
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.
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.
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.
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.
NVCOG Census News
Civic leaders and non-profits are joining together to vocalize the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census to the residents of the Naugatuck Valley. Connecticut Lt.