Mayor Fischer, community partners, urge Louisville residents to be counted in 2020 Census

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With the 2020 U.S. Census less than 90 days away, Mayor Fischer rallied with community partners working to help ensure a complete and proper count of all Louisville residents. Households will begin receiving Census information in March for the official Census 2020 date of April 1.

“The data from the Census is used to allocate federal resources to many programs affecting communities and families, and that means we need everyone in our state and within the city of Louisville to be a part of it,” the Mayor said. “This is our one chance in 10 years to make sure Louisville and Kentucky gets everything we’re due.”

The Mayor added that the Census also determines representation in Congress and is a factor in education funding, grants, research, and business site selection decisions.

Mayor Fischer made the remarks during an address to the Municipal Complete Count Committee, which is comprised of Louisville Metro staff, community leaders, and faith organizations. The committee is co-chaired by Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Dailinger and Senior Policy Adviser Ashley Parrott, and is assisted by Census Coordinator Catalina Cordova.

The Municipal Complete Count Committee is working to raise awareness of the Census throughout the community, particularly with historically under-counted populations such as immigrants and children age 5 and younger.

“We have groups in our city that are at risk of being undercounted, and we must work together to reach out to them to make sure they are involved,” said Cordova. “Particularly within the immigrant community, there are concerns about privacy. We hear those concerns, and want our immigrant friends to know that the Census is confidential, safe, easy and important.”

How will the census be taken? For the first time, all households will be invited to complete the Census online. In mid-March, addresses will receive a mailed invitation to respond online. If there is no response to the online invitation, a paper form will be mailed with options to respond to the form or by phone.  The form has only 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. See a Sample Census Questionnaire, available in English and Spanish, at https://louisvilleky.gov/census.