Census

The CWCOG serves as an affiliate to the US Census State Data Center program. The CWCOG provides census information and resources to the community as requested. The work of the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee recently ended. The CWCOG thanks its member agencies and the community at large for their strong participation in the 2020 Census. The following materials provide more information on the census, its purpose and how to access key Census information. The CWCOG will strive to empower data users with understandable, accurate and timely information from the Census.

According to the US Census website the US Census is “mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment) and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

The most recent census, the 2020 Census, required counting an increasingly diverse and growing population of around 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units. To get an accurate count, the Census Bureau had to build an accurate address list of every housing unit, maximize self-response to the census, and efficiently follow up with those who did not self-respond.

In the years leading up to 2020, we conducted research in four areas that focus on the major cost drivers of the census:

  • Using the Internet to increase self-response.
  • Using existing government data sources to answer census questions and reduce follow-up workload.
  • Automating operations to increase productivity and reduce staff and offices.
  • Using existing maps and address to reflect changes rather than walking every block in every neighborhood in the country.

The decennial census is the largest mobilization and operation conducted in the United States and requires years of research, planning, and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count.”

In preparation for the 2020 Census, the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments in conjunction with interested stakeholders formed the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Complete Count Committee. The Complete Count Committee was comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, healthcare, and other community organizations.

CWCOG staff conducted outreach to promote census participation. Specifically, it has worked with area libraries who assisted area residents with completing their census questionnaire by making computers available on Census Day for the public to use.

Thank you to those who served on the Complete Count Committee and who helped with outreach leading up to the 2020 Census.