Get Ready. Get Set. Get Counted.
The City of Bloomington and the Census 2020
The US Constitution mandates that people be counted every ten years. The City of Bloomington is making efforts to ensure everyone is fairly represented and accurately counted on the Census 2020.
See what happened at the December Complete Count Committee Meeting. Link to Census 2020 - December Meeting Notes
How does the Census Bureau know where to count? Link to flyer
We have received the following information from the Minnesota State Demographic Center.
The U.S. Census Bureau is soon to begin the next step in making sure Minnesota gets a complete count in the 2020 Census. Address canvassing by Census Bureau workers is set to begin next week.
What is address canvassing?
Address canvassing is the process by which the U.S. Census Bureau validates, corrects, or deletes existing Census Bureau addresses, adds missing addresses, and adds or corrects locations of specific addresses before a decennial census. In previous address canvassing operations, field representatives traversed every road and visited each residential address in the United States. At this time, only select addresses will be canvassed. Census Bureau employees will not be asking for information about individuals but rather about addresses and habitable locations.
How to verify employment
We realize that Census workers may draw the attention of residents or law enforcement personnel who are concerned about the presence of strangers in their neighborhoods. Please share the information below with public safety officials in case a need arises to verify the employment of a Census worker.
Each temporary decennial Census employee will have an official identification card with the employees name, picture, and an expiration date. Regional level staff can be identified by their Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card. Both temporary and regional level staff can be identified by their laptop computer with a Census Bureau logo on the top, and a black canvas bag with a Census Bureau logo.
TO VERIFY AN EMPLOYEE WITH THIS TYPE OF ID:
Chicago Regional Census Center
175 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60604
Be on the lookout for a newsletter from the City of Bloomington's Complete Count Committee in January.
An invitation to an in-person meeting will be extended in February.
Work for the Census 2020
There are different positions available and you could be the right candidate. The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring census takers, recruiting assistants, and supervisory staff.
Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
The City of Bloomington is looking for members from a cross section of the community who are willing to implement outreach strategies to alleviate fears about the privacy and confidentiality of census data and increase response rate.
Sample responsibilities for Complete Count Committee members
Provide ideas and insight on how to increase census awareness
Distribute flyers in your circle of influence
Participate in a booth at cultural or ethnic celebrations
Track and report progress and efforts
Resources for Complete Count Committee Participants
Join the Complete Count Committee
Nancy M. Brewster
Outreach & Engagement Coordinator
Community Outreach and Engagement Division
Why is it important?
Sitting-out of the Census 2020 process can be costly to all and you can make a difference.
Top 3 reasons you should get counted:
1. Minnesota is at risk of losing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives
2. One missed person could mean a forfeited $28,000 in funding over ten years
3. Data is used to plan for roads, school, and hospitals
Mark your calendars
Get ready. Get set. Get counted.
Complete Count Committee Event - Mark your calendars!
Join us for dinner and an action-oriented session:
Thursday, February 13, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Civic Plaza, Haeg Conference Room
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
To RSVP call: 952-563-8733 or MN Relay 711