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Why and How Librarians Can Help with Census 2020
Online Webinar

Thursday, Dec. 12, 1:30-2:00PM
or call 701-328-4622.
Presenter: Kevin Iverson, Manager of the North Dakota Census Office

Libraries represent ‘trusted organizations’ in the community with the resources and the opportunity to education members of the public on the importance of the decennial census in the local community.  

Librarians also have the opportunity to explain the ease of the census, just 10 questions per person, and the rules for privacy and confidentiality for personal information the Census Bureau is required to maintain.

Often located in census tracts with higher proportions of traditionally under counted populations, most libraries have computers and WIFI accessible to the public.  These assets are important in completing the 2020 Census as it will be the first in which responses can be provided online.

According to a George Washington University Study, the Federal Government obligated $1,445,647,171 within the state of North Dakota in 2015 using data based upon Census 2010.

Per capita, that works out to $1,910 per year.  As we live with the result of a census for 10 years, that works out to $19,100 per person or $44,312 per household (average of 2.32 persons).  A decennial census off just 0.1 percent would cost the state around $15 million. 

Librarians, working with local complete count committees, can help ensure their local community is accurately counted and obtains its fair share of financial resources for the next decade.

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