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Census 2020

Census advocates stress importance of 2020 count

State and local officials stress the importance of the 2020 Census to Norwich and southeastern Connecticut.

Your Voice: CENSUS 2020

Census 2020: Making Connecticut Count

The decennial census is used to determine funding for highway construction, Pell grants, Head Start, Title 1 grants to local schools, SNAP benefits, Section 8 housing and much more.

Access to federal dollars is already a concern for Connecticut, which the Rockefeller Institute of Government says receives back only 74 cents for every dollar residents pay in federal taxes – the worst in the country. State officials say Connecticut will lose an estimated $2,900 for each person undercounted in the 2020 Census.

From March 12-20, households will begin receiving information on how to respond to the census by phone or by mail, or for the first time, online. From May to July, census workers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded.


GALLERIES: Census 2020

New London census responses lag behind state average

New London makes a renewed push and urges residents to fill out census information.

Connecticut’s redistricting could be squeezed by COVID-19

Connecticut is one of 15 states certain to miss deadlines for drawing new legislative districts unless the U.S. Census Bureau reconsiders a four-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Conference of State Legislatures said.

Bysiewicz says more than half the people in the region have responded to census

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said Monday that Connecticut – and specifically southeastern Connecticut – is doing better than its neighbors when it comes to census responses, but there’s still more work to do.

New London County's census response rate is 55%, above state overall

In New London County, 55% of households have responded to the census, but work remains, officials say.

COVID-19 causes changes in census planning

Connecticut is ahead of national figures on census completion rates so far, and the more people do it online, the less time census workers have to spend going door-to-door.

OPINION

Census: Counting all

All should be counted. Cities provide the same level of services — police, fire, schooling, emergency medical aid — to undocumented immigrants as they do to U.S. citizens.

The Supreme Court's chance to save the Census

The citizenship question was added after research showed it would help Republicans to gerrymander congressional districts to better effect.

Accept census ruling

The Constitution clearly calls for apportioning House members based on “the whole number of persons in each State,” not the number of citizens.

Voting districts should be left to neutral party

Political parties should be barred from creating voting districts.Every elected person should be barred from participation in the process of creating voting districts.Creating voting districts should be the task of a neutral body, such as the U.S. Ce...

Challenge and opportunity as local cities grow

After years of flight from the cities, it is great to see the region's urban centers growing. Census figures show that over the last decade Norwich grew by 12.1 percent to 40,493 residents. The New London population grew 7.6 percent, to 27,620. With ...

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