2020 United States Census
DC Ranch Engagement Plan for 2020 United States Census – View here
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What is the 2020 Census?
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and is conducted by the federal government every ten years. Starting in March, residents will be asked to participate in the 2020 Census.
Because this will be the first time the census will be conducted primarily online, extra communication will be helpful in getting residents to respond promptly. All households will be expected to respond, even if DC Ranch is not their full-time residence. If a response is not received online, by mail or phone, a census taker will be sent to the door.
Getting accurate population growth numbers for both Arizona and Scottsdale are critical because federal and state funding percentages are based on population. The City of Scottsdale estimates it receives $3,000 for every person counted. The number of seats assigned in congress and the state legislature is also based on population. In addition, Scottsdale uses the data to evaluate where police/fire stations, parks, etc. need to be located.
2020 Census Timeline (per U.S. Census office):
March 12 – 20 Invitation to respond online, by mail or phone will be mailed to residents
March 16 – 24 A reminder letter will be sent
If you haven’t responded yet:
March 26 – April 3 Postcard reminder sent
April 20 – 27 Final reminders sent
May 13 Start door-to-door
July 31 Census closes
How can residents engage?
DC Ranch residents are encouraged to respond to the Census Bureau invitation by completing the questionnaire online, by mail or phone by April 1, 2020. All households must respond, even if DC Ranch is not your primary home. Residents who do not respond will receive an in-person visit at their home by a door-to-door Census Bureau employee.
At any time, residents may offer comment to the Community Council by emailing: Christine.Irish@dcranchinc.com.
How will DC Ranch be involved?
The DC Ranch Community Council will keep residents informed about the Census process and encourage a timely response. Council staff will offer opportunities for residents to receive assistance completing the short online form. Both will reduce the number of door-to-door interactions, lessening the need to coordinate gate entrance and other potential security issues for DC Ranch.
Council staff will stay engaged with the City and U.S. Census Bureau and will participate in various meetings and conversations with the Scottsdale’s Census Committee and federal Census Bureau workers to obtain current information about the process and timelines. If deemed appropriate, the Community Council may work directly with U.S. Census Bureau staff on recruitment of Census workers needed to go door-to-door.
The Community Council will also work with the Ranch Association to coordinate security clearance for U.S. Census staff going door-to-door to count residents who did not respond. Community Council staff will provide updates to the Community Council and Ranch Association boards and residents as necessary.
March 25, 2020
U.S. Census notices are arriving in Scottsdale mailboxes. Residents are encouraged to respond by Census Day, April 1. The questionnaire is short and can be done online, by phone or by mail. Each household must reply even if DC Ranch is not your full-time home. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone living in the United States as of April 1, 2020. Residents who do not respond will receive an in-person visit at their home by a door-to-door Census Bureau employee. While COVID-19 has extended the census deadline, filling out the census form is something residents can easily do from home and only takes a few minutes. Why wait?
Jan. 23, 2020
The Community Council Board of Directors voted to approve the 2020 United States Census Engagement Plan. Chris Irish, Director of Public Affairs, will represent DC Ranch in interactions with the City and the U.S. Census Bureau on this matter.
Nov. 12, 2019
Community Council staff attended The City of Scottsdale’s Complete Count Committee meeting. The committee, comprised of members from across our community, works with the U.S. Census Bureau to share information, provide feedback and recommend ways to ensure Scottsdale is accurately counted.