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2020 Census


It’s almost time for the 2020 Census. The City of Norman needs help from leaders like you make sure we are all counted. 
The Census has a 10-year benefit of $16,750 per person for your community. 
These are federal dollars that make a big impact in Norman. They directly benefit Norman’s schools, highways, disaster relief, community grants and more. The 2020 Census is more than a population count: it's an opportunity to shape the future of Norman. 
Census results affect planning and funding for 
Education including Head Start programs, grants, school lunches, rural and adult-focused programs
Healthcare including Medicaid, Medicare Part B, state children’s health insurance, prevention and treatment of substance abuse
Infrastructure including highway planning and construction, transit, community development, rural water and waste disposal systems
Employment services
Affordable housing and services for people experiencing homelessness
And more
Be counted, Norman!
We’re providing the fact sheets, flyers, messaging, PowerPoints, social media graphics, public service announcements and more to equip Norman’s community leaders with the tools and resources they need to raise awareness about the 2020 Census. How can you and your organization help spread the word about the census? 
Add the Be Counted Norman logo to your email signature
Promote the census in your social media posts and groups
Host a meeting or event where a speaker can talk about the census
Print and hang up census flyers
Encourage friends and family to participate in the 2020 Census
 
[if possible, it would be great to have a by-item download option in this section, similar to the Commerce site. If that’s not working, can do a simple link to drop box]
 CLICK HERE FOR THE CITY OF NORMAN 2020 CENSUS TOOLKIT
What’s the census? 
The census is a survey taken every 10 years to count every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The census provides important information that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.  The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on the census. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
How does it work? 
Beginning in early March, households will be mailed instructions on how to take the census and can respond online, by phone or by mail. All responses are confidential by law. The US Census Bureau has a preview of the questionnaire available here.
Confidential by law
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency. Your Census survey answers are used to gather useful information about your community. No one is able to trace your survey answers back to you. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement.
Events
Can your organization host a census speaker or table? Contact Annahlyse.Meyer@NormanOK.gov or maryellen@goodengroup.com to request. 
[These are from the strategy document. Many are unconfirmed.. Let’s add to the list as additional are confirmed with library, district, university, chamber and add this copy to the website soon when more are confirmed.]
Here are some of the community events where the City of Norman will be raising awareness about the census.




It’s time to take the 2020 Census! The City of Norman needs help from leaders like you make sure we are all counted. You can take the census now by mail, phone or online at my2020census.gov.


The Census has a 10-year benefit of $16,750 per person for your community. 


These are federal dollars that make a big impact in Norman. They directly benefit Norman’s schools, highways, disaster relief, community grants and more. The 2020 Census is more than a population count: it's an opportunity to shape the future of Norman. 

Census results affect planning and funding for 


  • Education including Head Start programs, grants, school lunches, rural and adult-focused programs
  • Healthcare including Medicaid, Medicare Part B, state children’s health insurance, prevention and treatment of substance abuse
  • Infrastructure including highway planning and construction, transit, community development, rural water and waste disposal systems
  • Employment services
  • Affordable housing and services for people experiencing homelessness
  • And more


How does COVID-19 impact the 2020 Census?

The key message right now for anyone with questions about how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census: It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail – all without having to meet a census taker.


The U.S. Census Bureau has announced measures being taken to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Notably for Norman, the Census Bureau states that, in most cases, “students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”


The City of Norman has canceled or postponed all in-person census outreach events in accordance with additional City-mandated preparation and prevention initiatives and with the U.S. Census Bureau’s direction for all of its partners. Therefore, we need YOUR help to spread the word about the 2020 Census!


Be counted, Norman!

We’re providing the fact sheets, flyers, messaging, PowerPoints, social media graphics, public service announcements and more to equip Norman’s community leaders with the tools and resources they need to raise awareness about the 2020 Census. How can you and your organization help spread the word about the census? 


  • Add the Be Counted Norman logo to your email signature
  • Promote the census in your social media posts and groups
  • Host a meeting or event where a speaker can talk about the census
  • Print and hang up census flyers
  • Encourage friends and family to participate in the 2020 Census



 CLICK HERE FOR THE CITY OF NORMAN 2020 CENSUS TOOLKIT


What’s the census? 

The census is a survey taken every 10 years to count every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The census provides important information that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.  The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on the census. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.


How does it work? 

By now, each household in Norman should have received instructions in the mail on how to take the census. You can respond to the census now online, by phone or by mail – with or without your mailed invitation. All responses are confidential by law. 


Confidential by law

By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency. Your Census survey answers are used to gather useful information about your community. No one is able to trace your survey answers back to you. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement.


Events

Can your organization host a census speaker or table? Contact Annahlyse.Meyer@NormanOK.gov or maryellen@goodengroup.com to request.