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  • County seeks to boost Census participation

    Jul 23, 2020 | Read More News
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    Pima County residents in areas with low U.S. Census participation rates will begin receiving reminders to participate in the decennial population count.

    The County has begun to mail envelopes with Census information, in English and Spanish, explaining the importance a complete count holds for the region as well as instructions on how to take the Census survey online, by mail or over the phone.

    The Census, conducted every ten years, is mandated in the U.S. Constitution to determine Congressional representation. The data collected also holds important demographic information that is used, in part, to allocate federal funding for important services and infrastructure needs.

    In addition, each person counted represents an estimated $3,000 in federal funding allocated to Arizona

    The packets also include COVID-19 safety guidelines, information on the testing center recently opened at the Kino Events Center and a cloth face mask.

    “We are emphasizing the importance of responding to the Census in areas where the count so far is lagging,” said Pima County Supervisor Betty Villegas. “These areas also are hit hard by COVID-19, so this was an opportunity to provide virus information and face coverings to these underserved communities.”

    Villegas also leads the Complete Count Committee for Pima County. The Committee is comprised of local and regional government and community leaders tasked with finding ways of educating and motivating residents to participate in the 2020 Census.

    The low response areas the County targeted include some of the rural communities, and neighborhoods southwest and west of the Tucson area and portions of the city of South Tucson. Grant funds awarded to the County for Census education and outreach were used to pay for the mailers.

    The federal government extended the Census until the end of October as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Census staff will begin going door-to-door in areas with low participation rates to attempt to fill out the survey in person by mid-August.

    Residents who have not yet participated in the Census can take the survey online at or call 844-330-2020.