2020 Census Count
2020 Census Count Resources for Counties
S.C. is Lagging in 2020 Census Self-Response Rate
South Carolina is lagging behind in the 2020 Census self-response rate and our partners at SC Counts 2020 are calling on all local governments for assistance. A complete count is critical for local governments to receive their fair share of resources from any federal and state programs for the next 10 years. Additionally, the restricted period for census completion has had a negative effect on the US Census Bureau’s ability to recruit, hire, and retain census takers. The effort to receive a complete count is going to fall heavily on municipal and nonprofit partners for the next 45 days. After all, we’re the ones who have to live with the results.
SC Counts 2020 has suggestions for counties to help boost response rates:
- Ensure efforts are targeting the folks who likely have NOT already responded.
- Use interns, volunteers, and employees to call residents and remind them to complete their census ASAP.
- Encourage businesses in the county to allow their employees and customers to complete the census at work since it will critically impact economic development.
- Incorporate census completion into existing activities like areas where bills are paid, COVID testing sites, and during other events.
For more information and guidance, counties are encouraged to contact Mary Dell Hayes with SC Counts 2020 via telephone at 803-920-4868 or email at email@example.com.
Statement from U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham:
Delivering a Complete and Accurate 2020 Census Count
Over the past few weeks, there have been a few announcements that have significant impact on the Census and on how we all must shift our focus and work together to ensure a complete count.
- On Friday, July 31 the US Census Bureau announced that the self-response and door knocking operations of the 2020 census will cease on September 30 (instead of the previously announced extension to 10/31). The dual combination of a shortened extension and pandemic impact on hiring enumerators puts the pressure on our communities to ensure a complete count.
- Additionally, on 7/21, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum which will impact how census data is used for reapportionment to exclude people with undocumented status. This memorandum can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/memorandum-excluding-illegal-aliens-apportionment-base-following-2020-census
With these developments, in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, S.C. is falling critically behind in terms of self-response, ranking 44th in the nation (most recent statistics). We face an uphill climb with limited resources, a changing landscape, a pandemic and other factors. Still, we can overcome every single one of these obstacles because our connected network of state leaders, elected officials and partners is committed to making South Carolina a fantastic place for any person to live, work, and raise a family.
What YOU can do to make a difference:
- Post about the census on social media! Talk about it during meetings, town halls, speaking engagements, business interactions, etc.
- Elected Officials - Assign someone from your staff or an intern to call households in your district and remind them to complete the census.
- The linked spreadsheet shows what areas/tracts are in need of the most focus for Census response: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dCyXLCGtmsr9uD6dqYaRD3tyzDfcPVw-Du-S6RIazFU/edit#gid=0
- State / Agency Leaders – Continue to spread the message to your employees, customers, vendors and all those with whom your organization interacts.
- Check the census tracts in your community and make a Complete Count a priority for the next 55 days (https://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us) and determine how far your community is from the 2010 response rate. Only McCormick County has exceeded their 2010 self-response rate so far. What will it take to hit that goal post in the next 2-4 weeks?
- Remember what’s at stake: A complete count will drive funding for our schools, roads, internet access, healthcare, and hundreds of other critical community programs. Census data is used for economic development and we need accurate data to recruit employers to our communities. And, finally, the census determines representation. While SC is not projected to gain or lose a house seat at this point in time, the best way to protect our representation and to ensure it reflects our population is to have a complete count of all SC residents.
The Lt. Governor's Office, partnered with United Way Association of South Carolina held a community level call with a great deal more information and answered many questions posed by attendees. A PDF of what was covered is attached and recording of this meeting can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/7M9fKIqo8iBJTp2OxRzndK8oJa3MT6a8gSMZ-aYPyEYHzandQdB-vhrrvczrNTN6
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June 17 Census Day of Action
Lt. Gov. Evette and SC Counts 2020 hosted a virtual planning meeting for the June 17 Census Day of Action where she challenged everyone who is a part of this effort to ensure that 10,000 South Carolina households complete the census on this day – a stiff goal to achieve!
SC Counts 2020 has created a Facebook event that is a great place to share what you are doing. Feel free to post your ideas, videos, and questions! Included are ideas about events and a series of social media posts that can be shared for the day of action. Ideas and materials are available at https://www.facebook.com/events/610499546516195/. There are also infographics that can be used as needed showing Census Impact.
As of Wednesday, June 10, SC is 40th in the nation for census response, falling behind our neighbors in Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina. We cannot afford to for our state to not receive resources that are fairly ours over the course of 10 years because of an incomplete count. Our schools, roads, and other programs are counting on us.
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Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds
The 2020 Census has begun!
Local governments and community leaders are encouraged to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau for a complete count in 2020. Useful information such as developing a plan for promoting the 2020 Census in your community, tips for reaching hard to count populations, and establishing complete count committees can be found in the links below.
- Census Partners
- State and Local Government Toolkit
- NACo Local Government Census Count Resources
County officials are asked to use a three-tiered approach for the 2020 Census
- Complete the census yourself
- Ask your employees to complete the census
- Encouage 2020 Census participation in your community and serve as a resource for important deadlines and infomation. The following links can be shared with residents in your community.
Counties are encouraged to get the word out about Census 2020 jobs
Why should you or your organization help the Census Bureau recruit applicants?
An accurate count is the goal of every census, the 2020 Census included. The results of the census have real-world impacts—and consequences—for communities across our country. From determining the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives to planning for roads, schools, and hospitals, an accurate count is crucial. By helping to recruit Census Taker applicants from your community, you can help to ensure that your community is properly represented.
How can you or your organization help to get the word out about 2020 Census jobs?
You can help by doing any of the following:
- Posting information about 2020 Census jobs using your organization’s social media channels, as well as by tagging other
organizations that might also be willing to share this information
- Posting information about 2020 Census jobs on your organization’s website and/or in newsletters
- Distributing promotional materials about 2020 Census jobs to your clients, customers, and/or members
- Displaying promotional materials about 2020 Census jobs in your offices and other facilities
- Allowing a Census Bureau recruiter to distribute promotional materials to your clients, customers, and/or members
- Sending an email with 2020 Census jobs information to your contacts
- Inviting a Census Recruiter to present information about 2020 Census jobs at your meetings or other gatherings, or being
willing to provide 2020 Census jobs materials at those times yourself.
To learn more about this, and to obtain materials and messaging, counties are encouraged to visit www.census.gov/regions for information on how to contact your Regional Census Center. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs or to call the toll-free number at 1-855-JOB-2020 with questions, or to obtain more information or assistance.