Why It Matters
Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States. It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. Wyoming's first census was in 1870.
Communities use the census information for development and planning for public services, roads, schools, healthcare and new businesses. Nonprofits use census data for program delivery decisions. The census count is utilized in redistricting at the national and state level.
In March, every household will receive an invitation to complete the census either online, by phone, or by mail. If you haven't responded yet, you will receive a reminder letter and paper questionnaire in April. In May, the Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven't responded.
There are special efforts underway by the Census Bureau to count the homeless and people living in group quarters such as nursing homes, student dormitories, and prisons.
What Nonprofits Can Do
Results of the 2020 Census will impact individuals, communities, government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations throughout this decade. A complete count in Wyoming is vital to receiving our fair share federal funding for critical programs and services.
As a trusted member of your community, we need your help to get everyone counted and dispel fears surrounding the census. Many nonprofits have everyday contact with communities at most risk of being under counted. This includes young children, highly mobile persons, racial and ethnic minorities, low income persons, non-english speakers, persons experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ persons, undocumented immigrants, persons with mental or physical disabilities and persons who do not live in traditional housing. Nonprofits are also out in the community at events, meetings and everywhere people live, work, and play. They can share the message very effectively.
Census Timeline and Checklist for Nonprofits
March - May 2020
The Wyoming Nonprofit Network has produced two inserts/flyers and window clings with grant funding from the Foundation for the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming and the Wyoming Community Foundation.
Version I Flyer
Version II Flyer
The window clings have the Wyoming Census 2020 logo and "Be Counted" on them. If you would like us to send you a supply of the inserts/flyers and a window cling, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307-772-9150.
The Wyoming State Library has a dedicated website page with information, tools and resources on the 2020 Census. Local libraries can help people if they want to complete the census online but don't have a computer or smartphone.
Wyoming 2020 Census Website - Includes information about Wyoming's Complete Count Committee
2020 Census and Wyoming - Wyoming Chronicle Episode, Wyoming PBS
Wyoming 2-1-1 - Local referral resource for those that have questions about completing the census. Simply dial 2-1-1.