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Introduction

The U.S. Constitution requires a count of the United States’ population every 10 years with the goal of counting every resident.

Counting everyone who lives in Washington is important to the future of our state. Collecting accurate information on the number of people who live in Washington, their ages and other demographic data ensures we receive our fair share of federal dollars for vital community programs. In 2016, based on data collected during the 2010 Census, Washington received more than $16.6 billion in federal assistance

The Census also determines number of representatives that states have in Congress, which can make a difference when it comes to issues significant to Washingtonians.

Beginning in March 2020, all households will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau asking them take the Census online or by phone. “Census Day” is April 1. 

Despite its importance, some individuals are reluctant to take the Census. That’s where you come in. State agencies serve millions of people, giving us opportunities to encourage people to take the Census, to answer questions and to break down barriers to participation.


Response Outreach Area Mapper

The Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM) application was developed to make it easier to identify hard-to-survey areas and to provide a socioeconomic and demographic characteristic profile of these areas using American Community Survey (ACS) estimates available in the Planning Database. Learning about each hard-to-survey area allows the U.S. Census Bureau to create a tailored communication and partnership campaign, and to plan for field resources including hiring staff with language skills. These and other efforts can improve response rates. To learn more see The Low Response Score (LRS): A Metric to Locate, Predict, and Manage Hard-to-Survey Populations and The 2020 Census at a Glance: Plan Census Outreach with the Response Outreach Area Mapper tool.

To help you get started, please reference ROAM's additional resources:

  • What's New

  • User Guide

  • Data Dictionary

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Quick Tips Guide

  • Fact Sheet

  • Recorded Webinar

  • ROAM Application

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