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2020 Census - Information and Resources for Nonprofits

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. 

It's Important
Census data guides the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding to state and local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and households across the nation. In FY2016, Wyoming received $1,355,401,322 through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. These programs and services include Medicaid, SNAP, senior services, road improvements, housing assistance, school lunches, and healthcare centers, to name a few. See Counting for Dollars 2020 Report for Wyoming.

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. 

It's Easy
The Census takes just a few minutes to complete. You will be asked questions like age, gender, and the number of people in your home as of April 1, 2020. The census will not ask about citizenship or immigration status. Paper forms will be available in English and Spanish, while the Census Bureau will collect responses in 11 other languages online and by phone. 

Self-Respond NOW online, by phone or by mail!

It's Safe
The U.S. Bureau is bound by law to keep your answers strictly confidential. Your responses cannot be used for anything else, including law enforcement or immigration enforcement. The census will never ask for social security numbers, bank account or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties.

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. Even in our current COVID-19 reality, you can send an email to all your contacts about how important the Census is and how easy it is to respond. Follow the US Census Facebook page and share posts. Challenge people in your area to increase the response rate by sharing this Response Rate Map. You can drill down to Wyoming, county, city, congressional district and tribal area.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

Nearly 40% of Wyoming Households Have Responded to the 2020 Census!
Self-Respond NOW online, by phone or by mail

Cheyenne, WY -   Wyoming residents are generating new momentum in responding to the 2020 Census.  As of Tuesday, April 14, the statewide response rate for Wyoming is at 39.6 percent.  This represents a large increase in self-response for Wyoming; in fact California, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming were in a six-way tie for the highest daily total self-response rate in the nation on Monday, April 13th.

For comparison, the national self-response rate is 48.6 percent.  One of the biggest challenges facing response rates in Wyoming is the fact that approximately 23 percent of residents live in an area designated as “Update Leave.”  Update Leave areas are part of a special operation for the Census Bureau and encompass rural locations that have city-style addresses but may use P.O. boxes to receive their mail, or it can be homes that contain rural route or highway contract route addresses. These locations have not yet received a formal 2020 Census invitation or paper questionnaire, which is contributing to the lower statewide self-response numbers.

Does this describe your situation?  Don’t Worry!  You can still respond online if you live at a home with a city-style address (ex: 510 Cowboy Way) but use a P.O. box to get your mail.  If that is you, we highly encourage you to go online TODAY and complete your questionnaire.  Simply go to www.my2020census.gov and click on "Start Questionnaire" and then click on the link underneath the ID field that reads, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." 

The Census is asking Wyoming residents with non city-style addresses, like rural routes or highway contract routes, to please wait for their Census packet with ID to be dropped off at their home due to the complexity of these types of rural addresses.  The update leave operation is currently slated to resume in mid-June 2020 but is subject to change.  It is much more efficient and accurate for the Census Bureau to count residents with complex addresses when they use their Census ID to complete the questionnaire.

For areas getting into the competitive spirit, here are the latest self-response rates for our top 10 counties and cities in Wyoming: Use this MAP to track response rates in your local community!

If you have already received your invitation and/or paper questionnaire, residents can still respond online at https://2020census.gov/, by filling out their paper questionnaire and mailing it back, or by calling on the phone at 1-844-330-2020 (English). It has never been easier to respond on your own—all without having to meet a census taker.

Wyoming Information and Resources

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.

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