The 2020 Census

March 13, 2019

The 2020 census count just about a year away, and town and state officials are dedicated to ensuring each and every resident is counted, no matter their occupation, age, race, religion or citizenship status.
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government counts the population every 10 years, and as our population grows and becomes more diverse, it is more important than ever to attain an accurate count. 

Data from the Census is used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress, and the amount of federal funding states receive for social services, transportation infrastructure and education, among other items.  Connecticut receives approximately $11 million in federal funds for these items.
Our state will also redistrict, which will affect how you are represented in the General Assembly.
Last month, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz launched the Connecticut Complete Count Committee to inform and direct the State’s efforts in the upcoming census to ensure an accurate count. 
The committee is comprised of community leaders representing various populations throughout the state, such as elected official, religious leaders, health centers, chambers of commerce, and community activists. 
Numerous public and private entities like private businesses, schools, hospitals, and non-profits will be impacted by the data collected from the Census, so we must all work together and take an active role in the process. 
When community members are informed and educated on the Census, they are more likely to complete it.
Fairfield County has established complete count committees, and canvassers would be compensated $25 per hour.  For more information about the committees or becoming a canvasser, please visit
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