Census 2020

The 2020 Census begins on April 1, 2020 and we need to Make San Miguel Count. Tri-County Health Network, your local governments, and the State of Colorado are working to ensure a complete and accurate count during the upcoming Census.

Register for our upcoming Census 2020 Information Session!

  • Date: Monday, 12/09/2019
  • Time: 11:45am -1:00pm
  • Location: Main Program Room, Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride
  • This will be a great opportunity for you to learn about the upcoming Census and how you can help ensure that San Miguel County, Ouray County, and the West End of Montrose County are counted in 2020. The event will include a complimentary lunch.


  • Starting April 1, 2020 the census can be filled out:
    • online: use your code received in the mail online
    • paper: responding to a form sent in the mail
    • phone: answer questions from a U.S. Census Bureau caller
  • The census will be available in 13 different languages
    The census is easy to answer—it will only take about 10 minutes to complete.  
    You will be asked for your name, address, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and housing tenure. 


Yes! The Census is 100% confidential and no information that you share on the census will be shared with anyone

  1. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondent answers with the FBI, the CIA, Welfare, Immigration or even the President of the United States. It’s SAFE and SECURE.
  2. There is NO citizenship question on the 2020 census.  The census is 100% confidential and no information that you share on the census will be shared with anyone. 


The Census is a survey written in to The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 2) by our founding fathers to count every single living person in the United States of America every 10 years.


The census ensures Colorado receives it’s…

Fair share of federal funding:

the census is used to decide the number of seats for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives, and for state legislative district boundaries.  State demographers expect the population of Colorado to exceed 5.8 million in 2020, and if that projection is accurate, they expect Colorado to gain an 8th Congressional seat.  An accurate count in the census will determine another seat in Congress and where district lines are drawn. 

Representation in Congress:

there is approximately $880 billion in federal funding allocated across the United States based on Census counts. In Colorado, this equates to approximately $13 billion annually or an estimated $2,300 per person.


The U.S. Census Bureau will be hiring local, temporary workers to help conduct the census in our communities. These workers are critical for San Miguel to be counted. “We need people to apply now so they can be considered for part-time census taker positions next spring,” said Timothy Olson, the bureau’s associated director for field operations. “Recent high school graduates, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and applicants who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. It’s important we hire people in every community in order to have a complete and accurate census.” 

While the pay for such jobs depends on positions and locations, most census takers in San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose counties start at $14 an hour.  

To qualify, census takers must be U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old and can pass a criminal history background check. They also must be willing to complete training for the jobs, work flexible hours, which could include evenings and weekends, have valid driver’s licenses, access to a computer with internet, and an email account to complete their training.  

Applicants can call the bureau’s job line at 1-855-JOB-2020, or go to the bureau’s website at www.2020census.gov and click on the “Jobs” tab. 


  1. 2020 Census Youtube Channel 
  2. Census Jobs
  3. Facts from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)
  4. Information from the U.S. Census Bureau
  5. Census information from Wikipedia
  6. What you Need to Know About the Census from NPR
  7. Census Visualizations and Diagrams
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