Chandler officials encourage residents to participate in 2020 census

National Census Day is April 1, and Chandler officials are urging all residents to participate. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper, data from iCount 2020)
National Census Day is April 1, and Chandler officials are urging all residents to participate. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper, data from iCount 2020)

National Census Day is April 1, and Chandler officials are urging all residents to participate. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper, data from iCount 2020)

Every decade, the U.S. counts every person living in the country to determine the number of congressional seats a state gets and to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds. Chandler city officials and City Council members have spent months in the run-up to April 1, National Census Day, to engage with the community so they participate in the census.

Leah Powell, neighborhood resources director for the city, said the goal of the census, from the city’s perspective, is to get everybody in the city counted.

“What comes from the census, the resources and the funding, it impacts everyone in the community,” Powell said.

Chandler last had a census in 2015, a special census that was called for to account for a significant increase in population.

Chandler has partnered with other regional cities to promote participation in the census in an initiative called iCount 2020, Powell said. Powell said this census is unique in that it is entirely digital for the first time. For those who are not able to access the census digitally, they are able to call in their answers over the phone, Powell said.


City Council Member Mark Stewart said it is important for people to understand that personal data from the census is not shared with other entities and that citizenship status is not a question on the census.

“What we really need is to know what the average age is in Chandler,” Stewart said. “With that we can make sure as a city we are putting services and programs in places where it matters most. As a council, we use it to plan our budget and to make sure we understand our city’s vision and how we can act on that vision for the people who live here.”

As of March 30, just over 40% of Chandler residents had taken the census, according to the city.

To complete the census, click here.
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