Every 10 years, the United States works to count its residents. It is incredibly important work – it determines how Boulder Valley is represented locally and nationally and how much money our school district and other important services receive. Learn the 5 Things You Need to Know.
Shape your future. Participate in the Census!
Every 10 years, the United States works to count its residents. It is incredibly important work – it determines how Boulder Valley is represented locally and nationally and how much money our school district and other important services receive.
The census counts every person living in the U.S – regardless of age or immigration status. It is important to know that participating in the census is confidential and data provided is protected, by law. LEARN MORE
It’s in the Constitution
The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The census covers the entire country and everyone living there. The first census was in 1790.
It’s about $675 billion
Census data determine how more than $676 billion are spent. It determines how much money goes to vital local programs– including schools, like the Boulder Valley School District, new roads, and emergency services.
It’s about fair representation
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. Additionally, after each census, state lawmakers use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.
It's safe, secure and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. Its economical both for you and for the taxpayers.
Languages Available: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Polish, Japanese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Russian, Tagalog, French, and Portuguese.
Respond by Phone
Census workers are ready to take your information question by question from the convenience of your phone from any location.
Languages Available: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Polish, Japanese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Russian, Tagalog, French, and Portuguese
Respond by Mail
Wait until you receive your paper form through the mail or when it is dropped off at your residence. It can be filled out at home and dropped into your mailbox or at the post office.
Languages Available: English and Spanish
Census workers will visit residences that choose not to self respond.
Languages Available: Dependent on specific community needs
In September 2019, the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education passed a resolution encouraging everyone in BVSD to participate in the count and prompting the district to promote it widely.
Confidentiality: The law is clear—no
can be shared
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. Learn More...
Boulder Valley includes hard-to-count populations
The United States Census' stated goal is "Counting Everyone Once, Only Once and in the Right Place. In Boulder Valley this can be difficult due to hard-to-count populations.
The Census has a plan to reach those that are hindered by language barriers, suspicious of the government, are highly mobile or live in households that don't have a typical address.
Hard-to-Count populations include:
- Young children under the age of 5
- Racial and ethnic minorities
- Non-English speakers
- Low income people
- Undocumented immigrants
- LGBTQ persons
- People with mental or physical disabilities
- People who do not live in traditional housing
Ensure everyone, including young children, are counted
Children under the age of 5 had the highest undercount of any age group in the 2010 Census.
Young children most likely to be missed tend to live with:
- Foster families
- Multiple families
- People who are not related to them
- Grandparents, single parents, or young adults
- Individuals with limited ability to speak English
- Renters or people who have moved
- Parents or guardians with lower incomes or without a permanent home