Mayor Fischer, community partners, urge residents to be counted in 2020 Census

January 8, 2020

With the 2020 U.S. Census less than 90 days away, Mayor Fischer today rallied with community partners working to help ensure a complete and proper count of all Louisville residents. The official Census 2020 date is April 1 and households will begin receiving Census information in March.

“The data from the Census is used to allocate federal resources to many programs affecting communities and families, and that means we need everyone in our state and within the city of Louisville to be a part of it,” the Mayor said. "This is our one chance in 10 years to make sure Louisville and Kentucky gets everything we’re due."

The Mayor added that the Census also determines representation in Congress and is a factor in education funding, grants, research, and business site selection decisions.

Mayor Fischer made the remarks during an address to the Municipal Complete Count Committee, which is comprised of Louisville Metro staff, community leaders, and faith organizations. The committee is co-chaired by Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Dailinger and Senior Policy Adviser Ashley Parrott, and is assisted by Census Coordinator Catalina Cordova.

The Municipal Complete Count Committee is working to raise awareness of the Census throughout the community, particularly with historically under-counted populations such as immigrants and children age 5 and younger.

“We have groups in our city that are at risk of being undercounted, and we must work together to reach out to them to make sure they are involved,” said Cordova. “Particularly within the immigrant community, there are concerns about privacy. We hear those concerns, and want our immigrant friends to know that the Census is confidential, safe, easy and important.”

How will the census be taken? For the first time, all households will be invited to complete the Census online. In mid-March, addresses will receive a mailed invitation to respond online. If there is no response to the online invitation, a paper form will be mailed with options to respond to the form or by phone.  The form has only 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. See a Sample Census Questionnaire, available in English and Spanish, at https://louisvilleky.gov/census.

Census Bureau Employment Opportunities

The 2020 Census is hiring thousands of temporary workers. In Louisville, the pay is up to $21.50 per hour for part-time, temporary, work from home position plus mileage reimbursement. Apply online at: 2020census.gov/jobs. The application takes about 30 minutes and averages 30 to 60 days to hear back.

Additional 2020 Census jobs are available at the U.S. Census Bureau's National Processing Center, located across the river in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Job vacancies at this facility are posted on USAjobs.gov and include clerks, technicians, warehouse positions, office staff and supervisory staff.

 

Become a Census Champion

Members of the Complete Count Committee and other community partners are serving as Census Champions — trusted messengers who have the tools to educate their communities about the Census and its impact on our city.  Census Champions will share information through a grassroots, neighbor-to-neighbor approach, provide trainings and/or computer access, and other supports. Go to louisvilleky.gov/census to see an interactive Census Champion Map listing sites and services offered.

More information about the 2020 Census and the Municipal Complete Count Committee can be found at louisvilleky.gov/census, or contact Catalina Cordova at [email protected] or at (502) 574-5168.

 

2020 Census Key Dates

March 12-20: Invitations mailed
March 16-24: Reminder letters sent
March 26-April 3: Reminder postcards
April 1: Census Day
April 8-16: Hardcopy Census mailed
April 20-27: Final postcards mailed
May 1: Non-response follow-ups begin
 

Upcoming Census Outreach Events

Jan. 11: Spanish Census Solutions Workshop at Americana Community Center at 10 a.m.  Located at 4801 Southside Dr.
Jan. 16: AARP KY: 2020 Census Jobs Informational Session, 2-3:30 p.m. Located at St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Ave. Registration at https://aarp.cvent.com/KYCensusJobs