The Cape Cod Complete Count Committee is a partnership of local, regional, state, and federal officials working to ensure the best, most accurate count for the federal 2020 Census.
With less than a year before the 2020 Federal Census, the Cape Cod Commission, the Town of Barnstable, and Barnstable County are partnering to coordinate a Complete Count Committee for Cape Cod - working to ensure that all residents are correctly counted.
How are Census data used?
Census data is used in many ways, including determining the distribution of more then $674 billion annually in federal funds back to tribal, state, and local governments; redistricting of state legislative districts; forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population; and determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.
The Complete Count Committee Guide lists 50 ways that Census data is used throughout the country.
What is a Complete Count Committee?
The Complete Count Committee program is key to creating awareness in our communities. These Committees:
- utilize local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate communities and promote the census through locally-based, targeted outreach efforts
- provide a vehicle for coordinating cooperative efforts between tribal, state, and local governments; communities; and the Census Bureau
- help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations
What are Hard to Count populations?
Cape Cod's hard to count populations include seniors/snowbirds, immigrant communities, homeless and low income individuals, people living in group housing, renters and young adults, and people with disabilities.
A Census tract is generally considered hard to count if its self-response rate from the 2010 Census mailing was 73% or less.