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Why is 2020 Census so important?

Official Website: 2020 Census 

Erie County 2020 Census Coordinators:

Christine Zess, Partnership Specialist - 717.925.9963
Tim King, Erie County  Senior Planner - 419.627.7524


Checkout the response rate
from Erie County!

Are you curious about how many people in our community are responding to the 2020 Census? Stay up to date with a map of self-response rates from across the United States. Start here.


Earn extra income while helping
our community.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country
to assist with the 2020 Census count.


Great Pay
Flexible Hours
Weekly Pay
Paid Training

For additional information and/or to apply,
please visit here or call Toll Free 1.855.JOB.2020.

Interested in Volunteering?

Training will be held in January 2020
In Huron - January 22, 2020 - Site TBA
In Sandusky - January 23, 2020 - Site TBA

Starting January 21, 2020, the decennial (every ten years) count of America's population by household will begin in Alaska. The results will eventually determine each of the fifty states' number of seats in U.S. House, the number of Electoral College votes during the presidential election and allocate its share of more than $675 billion a year in federal tax dollars. On a more local level, the census determines many decisions from how much communities receive for public services to where roads, schools, hospitals, fire stations and businesses are built. Ohio lost two congressional seats after the 2010 census due to declining population. We are on track to lose more seats after the 2020 census.

To read more or view videos about the 2020 Census, please visit the links below:

Population of 1790 Census: 
3.9 million (did not count everyone)

Amount of federal tax dollars at stake: 
More than $675 billion per year

Number of censuses that have been conducted:
2020 will be the 24th decennial census

Number of census jobs: 
More than 450,000 nationwide

Number of languages people can respond in: 
Online - 12

Date census workers start counting in Alaska:
January 21, 2020

Estimated cost to conduct it: 
$15.6 billion from 2012 to 2022

How long identifiable census data is kept confidential: 
72 years