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You may have already seen (or soon will see) this colorful bilingual Count Me In Knox envelope stuffer!
Census Mailer
  LOCAL CENSUS OFFICE
  Census Office
First Tennessee Plaza
800 S. Gay Street - Suite 205
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-909-6000
   
This timely information about the U.S. 2020 Census has been mailed out with their property tax notices to City of Knoxville and Knox County property owners. In February and March, KUB customers will also receive this information inside the blue envelope with their utility bill. Here is the message:

Get ready! The U.S. 2020 Census is coming

The Census will count everyone where they live on April 1, 2020. Seniors, teens, babies, college students – everyone counts!

• Census data is used to allocate federal funds for schools, roads, public transportation, senior centers and more.
• For the first time, people will be able to respond anytime, anywhere — online from any device or by mail or phone.
• Your responses are confidential. Census workers will never ask for Social Security, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations.

Look for instructions in the mail from the Census Bureau beginning in mid-March 2020.

You count, so get counted!


COUNTING CHILDREN


Children Under 5 Among Most Undercounted in Last Census

 
   
Counting every person in the United States in a census every 10 years is a challenge. But counting every infant and toddler in the country may be one of the most challenging parts of the job. Parents and adults with young children often don’t realize they need to include all children who live with them fulltime or at least most of the time.

In the 2010 Census, nearly 1 million children (4.6% of children under the age of 5) were not counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, children under age 5 are one of the largest groups of undercounted people in the United States.

Counting young children will be vitally important in the 2020 Census because population statistics are used by local, state, and federal lawmakers to determine how to spend billions of dollars in federal and state funds annually over the next 10 years. Much of that money funds programs that directly affect children. They include nutrition assistance, Head Start, special education, foster care, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and housing assistance to help a child’s family.

Click here to learn more


PUBLIC MEETINGS (check here for future meeting dates)


2020 Census Multicultural Outreach Meeting, 02-04-2020

Public Meeting Tim KuhnThis census meeting focused on multicultural outreach and the importance of counting everyone – and that everyone counts in a welcoming community. The discussion of strategies to encourage robust Census participation included a question-and-answer session. Speakers included Mayor Kincannon, Tim Kuhn (Director of the Tennessee State Data Center), and Cesar Bautista (Youth Organizer, Tennessee Immigrant Refugee Rights Coalition, TIRRC).


Photo Gallery from Meeting
Data & Tools Supporting the 2020 Census in Knoxville/Knox County - presentation by Tim Kuhn [PDF]
2020 Census For Our Communities - presentation by Cesar Bautista [PDF]
Count Me In Knox Bilingual Envelope Stuffer [PDF]
CompassKnox.com Story on Multicultural Outreach to Assure An Accurate 2020 Census Count (02-06-2020)
• What is the 2020 Census? Flyer in English [PDF]. Flyers available in these languages as well: Spanish, Burmese, Korean, Somali, Swahili and Vietnamese.


2020 Census Complete Count Committee Meeting, 02-05-2020

The Complete Count Committee is tasked with coordinating Census awareness and outreach efforts by its member organizations and additional community partners. An inaccurate count can cost Knox County tens of millions of dollars in federal funding for schools, roads, public transportation, health care and more. An undercount also would shortchange residents in terms of their political representation. Attendees included Mayor Kincannon, Farragut Mayor Ron Williams, representatives of City Council and County Commission, and additional community and faith leaders.


UNITED STATES CENSUS 2020


US Census 2020 Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. The 2020 Census will begin in mid-March 2020, when households are contacted through the mail about completing Census forms. Census 2020 will represent the first time in history that people may submit their forms electronically. In addition to determining the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives, the information collected will determine how federal and state funding is distributed to Tennessee and to the local governments of the City Knoxville, Knox County, and the Town of Farragut.

The 2020 Census is important for you and your community.


COUNT ME IN KNOX
Count Me in Knox

Getting an accurate count in next year’s U.S. Census is important to Knox County, Knoxville and Farragut. The Census is used to draw congressional district lines, and analyses show that a significant undercount can cost our three local governments several million dollars each year in federal funds that are collected and redistributed back to communities. Over the 10-year span until the next Census is conducted, tens of millions of dollars are at stake.

In the coming months, anticipate seeing nonpartisan educational information about Census 2020 and why a full and complete count matters.

This local webpage – also accessible at www.CountMeInKnox.com – was created in July 2019. Here, you can find details about the Census timeline, Frequently Asked Questions, links to the national Census 2020 website, videos explaining how the Census shapes our future, and even information on Census jobs that pay $19.50 an hour.

When local Count Me In Knox events are scheduled, details will be available on this page.

View News Release


LOCAL JOBS


Local jobs are available with the U.S. Census Bureau. Information on employment can be found at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.

Check out the Census Bureau's interactive recruiting map to help partners and job seekers identify areas where hiring is taking place.



LOCAL JOINT COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE


Locally, the effort will be managed by a Joint Complete Count Committee, aimed at educating the public about the importance of participating fully and accurately in the population count. The Joint Complete Count Committee provides direction and feedback for working groups that will be established to maintain and increase the count of individuals, including demographic information.
Learn more about the committee


2020 CENSUS OPERATIONAL TIMELINE


August 2019 - Address Canvassing Starts and Area Census Offices open
Early 2020 - Group Quarters Starts
March 12-26, 2020 - Self Response & Update Enumerate Starts
April 1, 2020 - Census Day
May 2020 - Nonresponse Followup Operation (NRFU)
December 31, 2020 - Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the President
April 2021 - Redistricting counts are delivered to states


MORE INFORMATION


United States Census 2020
Partnering Locally with the Census Bureau [PDF]
Knox Complete Count Committee Resources [PDF]
About the U.S. Census
Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
Confidentiality Information