The U.S. Census is conducted every ten years in order to provide a snapshot of the American population. The information gathered is used for business-oriented decision-making, redistricting, disaster response, funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, and much more. Follow Montana Census 2020 on Facebook.
In the mail sometime between March 12-20, most households will receive an invitation to participate in Census 2020—specific steps on how to respond via phone or online will be outlined. Households belonging in areas with low response rates/high percentage with no internet may receive paper questionnaires that they can mail in. Periodic paper reminders will be sent to households throughout March and April. In May, Census Bureau personnel will follow-up by visiting households who have yet to respond.
"Census data is used to inform community decisions. Think of it like a snapshot of who we are as a community every decade. Data for each area are crucial to many planning decisions, such as where to provide services for seniors, where to build new roads and schools and where to locate job training centers. Census data is also used by organizations to obtain grant funding for key programs helping Montanans." - Montana Census 2020
"For every Montana resident counted, the Census estimates the state will receive nearly $2,000 per person each year in federal funding. The $20,000 per person coming into the state over the next decade is used in every Montana county for medical assistance, educational programs, need-based support, infrastructure, highway planning and over 300 other programs. Spending just a few minutes to complete your Census form will help ensure Montana gets its fair share of federal funding. Filling out the form is quick, easy, safe and important." - Montana Census 2020
Apportionment and Redistricting
"Census data is used to define legislative districts, establish school districts and guide decision making in many other functional areas of government. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census is used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Montana is one of the states on the cusp of gaining an additional congressperson, so getting a complete count is more important than ever." - Montana Census 2020