Boulder Census 2020
***Take the census now at my2020census.gov***
It has never been easier to take the census! The 2020 Census is underway and the most important thing you can do is respond online at my2020census.gov or by phone in English (844-330-2020) or Spanish (844-468-2020) when you receive your invitation.
The census takes a few minutes to complete and impacts the next ten years of your life. Results of the census are important because they are used to draw political districts, inform community and business decisions and determine how billions of dollars of federal funding are distributed.
Every 10 years the census counts everyone living in the United States. The data is then used to inform funding for services like fire stations, schools, clinics, and representation that affects our communities. So how does the Census Bureau ensure that everyone is counted? The Audio Information Network of Colorado sat down with Ryan Hanschen of the Complete Count Committee and Mary Young of the Boulder City Council to find out. Click the image below to hear the interview.
It's Important, It's Easy, It's Safe!
The City of Boulder is committed to a complete and accurate count of our community.
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The City of Boulder and US Census Bureau are hosting 2020 Census Community Training Workshops for nonprofits, advocacy organizations, human service providers and all others interested in the upcoming census. The goal of these events is to educate, motivate and prepare local professionals and volunteers to:
- Educate others about what the 2020 Census is, why it matters and how to respond
- Conduct questionnaire assistance and motivate responses
Intended Outcomes: At the conclusion of the training, participants will:
- Be able to explain what the census is and why it matters to the community
- Be familiar with each question and how to answer it
- Be able to answer frequently asked questions about timeline, privacy and confidentiality, and how data are used
- Know how to navigate the Census Outreach website and the Boulder County Resource Clearinghouse
- Receive "meeting in a bag" resource kit that contains census informational and promotional materials
Have an idea about how to help us get the word out about the 2020 Census? Have a neighborhood gathering or book club meeting coming up? Start by reaching out to [email protected] . Materials and volunteer support staff are available to help.
To learn more about the census and accessibility, click here .
For the first time, you can respond to the census online anywhere, anytime. The Census bureau is collecting census forms in four ways:
- Online via computer or cell phone (13 language options)
- Telephone (13 language options)
- Paper form
- Census enumerator
You should respond to the census regardless of your immigration status, housing insecurity, age, race, or ability.
The City of Boulder aims for an accurate and complete census because the results:
- Determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives;
- Are used to draw political districts;
- Affect the distribution of over $13.1 billion in federal funds each year to be spent on vital programs, including:
- Senior services
- Public libraries
- Health services
- Road improvements
- Public housing
- Community colleges
- Tuition assistance programs
- School lunch
- Title 1 grants for education
- City planners use census data to improve neighborhoods; and
- Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores that create jobs.
All data is protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Records are confidential for 72 years by law. All Census Bureau employees swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent information.
The U.S. Census Bureau will never share a respondent's personal information with other government agencies. the penalty for wrongful disclosure is up to five years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000.
Data is only released in statistical format and cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. No individual records are released.
The census WILL ask:
Question #1: How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020? Here, you'll count everyone living and sleeping in your home most of the time, including young children, roommates, and friends and family members who are living with you, even temporarily.
Why we ask this question: This helps us count the entire U.S. population and ensures that we count people where they live most of the time as of Census Day (April 1, 2020).This will help produce statistics about homeownership and renting. The rates of homeownership serve as one indicator of the nation's economy. They also help in administering housing programs and informing planning decisions.
Question #2: Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020, that you did not include in Question 1? Mark all that apply: Children, related or unrelated, such as newborn babies, grandchildren, or foster children; relatives, such as adult children, cousins, or in-laws; nonrelatives, such as roommates or live-in babysitters, and people staying here temporarily.
Why we ask this question: The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone just once and in the right place. We want to ensure that everyone in your home who should be counted is counted—including newborns, roommates, and those who may be staying with you temporarily.
- Question #3: Is this house, apartment, or mobile home ...Owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage or loan? Include home equity loans. Is it owned by you or someone in this household free and clear (without a mortgage or loan)? Rented? Occupied without payment of rent?
Why we ask this question: This helps us produce statistics about homeownership and renting. The rates of homeownership serve as one indicator of the nation's economy. They also help with administering housing programs, planning, and decision-making.
Question 4: What is your telephone number?
Why we ask this question: The Census Bureau asks for your phone number in case there are any questions about your census form. We will only contact you for official census business, if needed.
Question 5: What is Person 1's name? If there is someone living here who pays the rent or owns the residence, start by listing him or her as Person 1. If the owner or the person who pays the rent does not live here, start by listing any adult living there as Person 1. There will be opportunities to list the names of additional members of your household.
Why we ask this question: The Census Bureau asks a series of questions about each member of your household. This allows us to establish one central figure as a starting point.
Question 6: What is Person 1's sex? Mark ONE box: male or female.
Why we ask this question: his allows us to create statistics about males and females, which can be used in planning and funding government programs. This data can also be used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination.
Question 7: What is Person 1's age and what is Person 1's date of birth? Note Person 1's age as of April 1, 2020. For babies less than 1 year old, do not write the age in months. Write 0 as the age.
Why we ask this question: The U.S. Census Bureau creates statistics to better understand the size and characteristics of different age groups. Agencies use this data to plan and fund government programs that support specific age groups, including children and older adults. (Read more about Counting Young Children .)
Question 8: Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? NOTE: Please answer both Question 8 about Hispanic origin and Question 9 about race. For this census, Hispanic origins are not races. Hispanic origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before arriving in the United States. People who identify as Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish may be any race.
Why we ask this question: These responses help create statistics about this ethnic group. This helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
Question 9: What is Person 1's race? Mark one or more boxes AND print origins: White; Black or African American; American Indian or Alaska Native; Chinese; Filipino; Asian Indian; Vietnamese; Korean; Japanese; other Asian; Native Hawaiian; Samoan; Chamorro; other Pacific Islander; some other race.
Why we ask this question: This allows us to create statistics about race and to analyze other statistics within racial groups. This data helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
Additional Questions about the relationship of each person in your home. This allows the Census Bureau to create estimates about families, households, and other groups. Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that support families, including people raising children alone.
Print name of Person 2. Here, you will list the next person in your household.
Why we ask this question: The 2020 Census asks information about each member of your household. This question identifies the next person to refer to in the ensuing questions. This process repeats for each person in your home.
Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else? Mark all that apply: no; yes, for college; yes, for a military assignment; yes, for a job or business; yes, in a nursing home; yes, with a parent or other relative; yes, at a seasonal or second residence; yes, in a jail or prison; yes, for another reason.
Why we ask this question: This question helps ensure that the Census Bureau is counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place. If you have questions about whether or not to include someone, visit Who To Count . If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes any friends or family members who are living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census. Please also be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and anyone who is renting a space in your home. These people are often missed in the census. This means they can miss out on resources for themselves and their communities over the next 10 years.
How is this person related to Person 1? Mark ONE box; opposite-sex husband/wife/spouse; opposite-sex unmarried partner; same-sex husband/wife/spouse; same-sex unmarried partner; biological son or daughter; adopted son or daughter; stepson or stepdaughter; brother or sister; father or mother; grandchild; parent-in-law; son-in-law or daughter-in-law; other relative; roommate or housemate; foster child; other nonrelative.
Why we ask this question: This allows the Census Bureau to develop data about families, households, and other groups. Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that support families, including people raising children alone.
The census will NEVER ask for:
- Your social security number
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
- Your bank or credit card account numbers
If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks for any of these things, it's a scam and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit the Census Bureau's Avoiding Fraud and Scams web page.
Boulder experienced the lowest rate of growth since pre-WWII
In the last decade, Boulder's population grew by 2.9 percent, from 94,673 residents to 97,385. This is the second lowest rate of growth since the 1890s. The only decade with a lower rate was the 1920s.
The number of school-age children in Boulder decreased slightly
The number of school-age children (ages 5-17) in Boulder has a cyclical pattern, and has averaged around 9,600 people since 1980. The data indicates this pattern will continue, as people aged 0 to 8 increased in Boulder from 2000 to 2010, and all will be school aged in 2020.
Boulder’s racial diversity has not changed
Boulder remains similar in racial diversity as in 2000, while the nation became more diverse. Eighty-eight percent of Boulder’s population is White, with a 0.3 percent decrease from 2000, while the nation saw a percentage decrease of nearly 3 percent. Both the U.S. and Boulder’s population has more Asians, Pacific Islanders, and persons of two or more races. Boulder has a lower percentage of African American residents and a higher percentage of American Indians when compared to the nation. The number of persons of Hispanic origin rose by 8.3 percent in Boulder, while the national increase was 43 percent.
Non-family and single households continue to rise
Consistent with national and regional trends, the number of family households in Boulder has decreased since 2000, while the numbers of non-family and single person households have increased.
Boulder’s average household size continued to drop
Consistent with nationwide and regional trends, the number of persons per household in Boulder has decreased almost continuously since 1970. Since 2000, the number of persons per household in Boulder decreased at a slightly higher rate (from 2.2 to 2.16) than the national average (from 2.59 to 2.58). Since 1970, Boulder has housed, on average, fewer people per household than the region or the nation.
Baby Boomers are staying
Boulder’s 55-59 year old population grew by 53 percent and 60-64 year old population grew by 80 percent, reflecting the aging of the baby boom generation. As the map below shows, this age group increased in north and central Boulder. These age groups make up almost 10 percent of Boulder’s population. The 15-24 age range increased, reflecting the increase in University enrollments over the last 10 years.More people are living in group quarters
There are more people living in non-institutionalized group quarters (e.g., student housing) in Boulder. The number of institutionalized persons 65 years and older has declined from 586 in 2000 to 419 in 2010, indicating that less of the senior population is living in skilled nursing homes.
North Boulder added the most housing units in the last decade
The census tracts in North Boulder added the most housing units, followed by the census tract that includes the Bear Creek apartments at Williams Village. Central and east Boulder also added units.
Boulder’s vacancy rate doubled
The number of vacant housing units doubled since 2000. The 2010 vacancy rate is 5.01 percent, rising from 2.8 percent in 2000; however, Boulder’s vacancy rate is still significantly lower than the average for Colorado (10.8 percent) and the United States (11.4 percent). Of the vacant units, the majority were for rent or for sale. Housing units vacant due to seasonal, occasional, or recreational use decreased from 2000.