Distribution of $675 billion in federal funds is based on each state’s population. Funds are used for Arizona schools, health services, roads, community services and other programs and services. The census is also used to redraw legislative districts and determine Arizona’s representation in Washington D.C. The impact to Arizona could be great.
2020 Census Key Dates
- January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska.
- April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.
- April 2020: Census takers begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
- May 2020: The Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.
- December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
- March 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
More important dates: Check your mail.
|On or between||You’ll receive:|
|March 12–20||An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census. (Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.)|
|March 16–24||A reminder letter.|
| ||If you haven’t responded yet:|
|March 26–April 3||A reminder postcard|
|April 8–16||A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.|
|April 20-27||A final reminder postcard before we follow up in person.|
We understand you might miss our initial letter in the mail.
- Every household that hasn’t already responded will receive reminders and will eventually receive a paper questionnaire.
- It doesn’t matter which initial invitation you get or how you get it—we will follow up in person with all households that don’t respond.
Sample Story Pitches for Coverage Consideration
- The Census is hiring! How to apply for a job with the 2020 Census effort in Arizona
- Why the 2020 Census is so critical to the future of Arizona, and how it affects federal funding for the state
- How does it happen? The process for counting Arizona's entire population
- The hard-to-count areas in Arizona, and how every citizen of Arizona can help with the effort
- Protecting your private information: How the 2020 Census keeps what you share confidential
- Alec Esteban Thomson, Executive Director, Arizona Complete Count Committee, Office of the Arizona Governor | Doug Ducey, [email protected], 602.364.0989
- Paula Diaz Soet, Media Specialist - Spanish, Dallas Regional Office/ Tucson, Arizona / Denver Region, U.S. Census Bureau, [email protected], 520.548.0802
Arizona Complete Count Committee
The Arizona Complete Count Committee (AZCCC) was established by Governor Doug Ducey in April 2019 with the goal of achieving a complete and accurate count of all Arizonans in the 2020 Census. Governor Ducey appointed a diverse group of Arizonans from across the state to help lead the effort for Arizona's complete count, with a focus on reaching traditionally undercounted populations to share information about the importance and safety of the 2020 Census.
Arizona Complete Count Committee Members
- Debbie Johnson, Chair | Director, Office of Tourism
- Allie Bones, Vice-Chair | Assistant Secretary of State, Office of Secretary of State Katie Hobbs
- Lauren Bouton, Governor's Office Liaison | Policy Advisor, Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
- Fred DuVal, Higher Education Partnership and Outreach Liaison | Regent, Arizona Board of Regents
- Diego Espinoza, Legislature -- House Democrat Liaison | Representative, Arizona House of Representatives
- Kristine FireThunder, Tribal Outreach Liaison | Director, Governor's Office on Tribal Relations
- Anita Helt, Media Relations Liaison | Vice President/General Manager, ABC 15
- Sine Kerr, Legislature -- Senate Republican Liaison | Senator, Arizona State Senate
- Courtney LeVinus, Multi-Family Housing Outreach Liaison | President/CEO, Arizona Multihousing Association
- Billie Orr, Rural Outreach Liaison | Mayor Pro Tem, City of Prescott
- Janice Palmer, Philanthropic Partnership Liaison | Vice President and Director of Policy, Helios Education Foundation
- Julie Pastrick, Business Partnership Co-Liason (county population <250k) | President/CEO, Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce
- Jamescita Peshlakai, Legislature -- Senate Democrat Liaison | Senator, Arizona State Senate
- Sarah Pirzada, State Government Liaison | Deputy COO, Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
- Robyn Stallworth-Poquette, County Government Liaison | Yuma County Recorder
- Arlethe Morrison, Military and Veteran Liaison | Vice Chair, Veterans Advisory Commission
- T.J. Shope, Legislature -- House Republican Liaison | Representative, Speaker Pro Temp, Arizona House of Representatives
- John Smalley, Business Partnership Co-Liason (county population >250k) | Area Vice President for West Coast, Maxim Healthcare Services
- Warren Stewart Sr., Faith-Based Community Liaison | Senior Pastor, First Institutional Baptist Church
- Andy Tobin, State Agency Director Liaison | Director, Arizona Department of Administration
- Robert Uribe, Municipal Government Liaison | Mayor, City of Douglas
- Breann Westmore, Early Childhood/Youth Outreach Liaison | State Director of Program Services, Legislative Affairs, March of Dimes
- Barry Wong, Community-Based Organization Liaison | Director, Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity
How the census protects your information.
All responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Responses can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against individuals by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE.