Claim Ames - Census 2020

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The City of Ames, Iowa, is preparing for Census 2020!

The City of Ames, with help from a long list of community partners, is working to raise awareness for Census 2020. Having an accurate count for our community is extremely important, because federal dollars are allocated based on population, and political representation is based on our numbers.

 Claim Ames Census 2020 logo in black


Find out more about Census 2020 at information tables that will be set up at the following events:

Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ames Middle School, 3915 Mortensen Road

Tuesday, Jan. 28

6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

Monday, Feb. 24

ISU Lecture Series: Erin Brokovich
6:30 p.m.
Lobby of Great Hall, Iowa State University Memorial Union

Tuesday, Feb. 25

5 to 8 p.m.
Great Hall, Iowa State University Memorial Union

Wednesday, Feb. 26

6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

Monday, March 30

6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

What is a Census?

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

Why is the Census Important?

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in your community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:

Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.

Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.

Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.

 The next census is coming in 2020. Counting an increasingly diverse and growing population is a massive undertaking. It requires years of planning and the support of thousands of people.

Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.

The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help!

Three Ways to Fill Out Your Form

New this year to the 2020 Census is that now participants have three ways to complete their census survey. Every person will received the same, shorter form. Notification about the census will begin mid March 2020. The three ways to complete your form include:

  • Online with a custom code
  • By telephone
  • By U.S. Mail

Complete Count Committee

The 2020 Census provides an opportunity for everyone to be counted. Tribal, state, and local governments; community based organizations; faith-based groups; schools; businesses; the media; and others play a key role in developing partners to educate and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census.

When community members are informed, they are more likely to respond to the census. Through collaborative partnerships, the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders can reach the shared goal of counting EVERYONE in 2020.

The Complete Count Committees (CCC) program is key to creating awareness in communities all across the country.

  • CCCs utilize local knowledge, influence, and resources to educate communities and promote the census through locally
    based, targeted outreach efforts.
  • CCCs provide a vehicle for coordinating and nurturing cooperative efforts between tribal, state, and local governments; communities; and the Census Bureau.
  • CCCs help the Census Bureau get a complete count in 2020 through partnerships with local governments and community organizations.

Need More Information?

To learn more about Census 2020, go to the Census website at

To learn more about the Claim Ames campaign and the Ames Complete Count Committee (CCC), contact Public Information Officer Susan Gwiasda.

Census Information in Graphic Format