Make Wheat Ridge Count - Census 2020

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The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.

Do your part to ensure a complete count in Wheat Ridge by taking the Census by May 31, 2020, and help make sure Wheat Ridge is 80% counted by that date. Making sure 80% of households take the Census by May 31st means that Census workers (enumerators) can focus on counting only those in Wheat Ridge who had significant challenges in completing the Census themselves.



The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.

Do your part to ensure a complete count in Wheat Ridge by taking the Census by May 31, 2020, and help make sure Wheat Ridge is 80% counted by that date. Making sure 80% of households take the Census by May 31st means that Census workers (enumerators) can focus on counting only those in Wheat Ridge who had significant challenges in completing the Census themselves.



  • Request a Make Wheat Ridge Count Yard Sign!

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    07 July, 2020
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    Help get a complete county in Wheat Ridge by putting a yard sign on your property promoting the Census! To request a yard sign, fill out this form and staff will deliver a sign per your instructions. Signs are bilingual English/Spanish. Thanks for helping Make Wheat Ridge Count!

  • Ways To Respond

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    12 February, 2020

    There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

    • Online
    • By phone
    • By mail
    Don't worry if you lose your invitation! You'll be able to go online to 2020Census.gov and enter your household address to take the Census.

  • Importance of the Data

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    12 February, 2020

    The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.

    The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more.

    The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

    Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

    The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.



  • Why Does Completing the Census Survey Matter to Wheat Ridge?

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    14 February, 2020

    It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats and redistricting, and determines how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed annually. The money goes to support states, counties, and vital programs for local communities. For Wheat Ridge that means that we could receive as much as $1,481 per resident annually for housing, emergency services, education, transportation, employment, health care, and other programs.

    Federal funds, grants, and support are contributed at the state and local level based on population totals and breakdowns by gender, age, race and other factors. That is why gathering accurate information about Wheat Ridge on census surveys is so important. Our community will benefit the most by making sure everyone is counted.










  • Redistricting

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    12 February, 2020

    The U.S. Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years. The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased.

    State legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions are responsible for redrawing congressional districts. The U.S. Census Bureau provides states with population counts for this purpose.



  • Federal Funding

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    12 February, 2020

    The results of the 2020 Census will inform decisions about allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to communities across the country—for hospitals, emergency services like fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.

    Learn more about how census results can have an impact on your community.



  • Business Decisions

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    12 February, 2020

    The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data about the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.

    Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.



  • What Happens to Your Answers?

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    12 February, 2020

    Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes.

    Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home. Learn more about how we protect your information.



  • The Census Will Never Ask Certain Questions

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    12 February, 2020

    During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

    • Your Social Security number
    • Money or donations
    • Anything on behalf of a political party
    • Your bank or credit card account numbers

    If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone, and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate. Anyone visiting your home claiming to represent the Census Bureau will have credentials. Ask to see identification before providing information. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.



  • Privacy & Security

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    12 February, 2020

    The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.

    Learn More about how the Census Bureau protects your data.

    Learn More about avoiding frauds and scams.