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.
How Can I Get Involved?
Regional subcommittee meetings are open to the public. For information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, or for suggestions for Census outreach, please email Jennifer Clinton, Community Development Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.