City of Bowling Green Prepares for the Upcoming 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is closer than you think! Every year the City of Bowling Green reports city limit boundary changes and address updates. This information is reported in order to help the Census perform an accurate count of the city every 10 years.

Here’s a refresher of the Census and why it’s essential that everyone is counted.

Census 101:  What you need to know

Everyone counts.
The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place.

It’s in the Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years.  The census covers the entire country and everyone living here.  The first census was in 1790.

It’s about fair representation.
Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.

 It means $675 billion.
Census data determines how more than $675 billion is spent, supporting your state, county, and community’s vital programs.

It’s about redistricting.
After each census, state officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.

Taking part is your civic duty.
Completing the census is required:  it’s a way to participate in our system of government and say “I COUNT!”

What will the data be used for?
Census data is used all around you.

Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which create jobs.

Real estate developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize new neighborhoods.

2020 will be easier than ever to respond to the Census.

You will be able to respond for the first time:
*By phone
*By mail

Households that do not respond will be visited by a Census taker to collect the information in person.

Please note that federal law protects your census responses.  Your answers can only be used to produce statistics.

By law, the information cannot be share with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.

The Census Bureau takes strong precautions to keep online responses secure.  All data submitted on-line are encrypted to protect personal privacy, and the cybersecurity program meets the highest and most recent standards for protecting personal information.

March 2020 – The public can begin responding to the 2020 Census on-line at  On or between March 12-20, all households will receive an invitation to respond.

April 2020 – Every ten years, April 1 is considered the official Census day.

June 2020 through July 2020 – Census takers go door to door to count people who have not responded to the 2020 Census.

September 2020 – The local Complete Count Committee, which helps create awareness of the importance of the Census, will be established in Bowling Green.

December 31, 2020 – By this date, as required by law, the Census Bureau reports to the President of the United States the population count and the apportionment of sets in the U.S. House of Representatives to each state.

2021 – Initial Census data are made available to the public on

News from the U.S. Census Bureau

This month the U.S. Census Bureau briefed the media on the launch of address canvassing, the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census. The address list plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States.

“The Census Bureau is dedicated to ensuring that we are on track, and ready to accomplish the mission of the 2020 Census,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “We have made many improvements and innovations over the past decade, including better technologies for canvassing neighborhoods and developing complete and updated address listings and maps.”

The Census Bureau created new software called the Block Assessment, Research and Classification Application (BARCA). It compares satellite images of the United States over time, allowing Census Bureau employees to spot new housing developments, changes in existing homes and other housing units that did not previously exist. Reviewers also use BARCA to compare the number of housing units in current imagery with the number of addresses on file for each block.

“We were able to verify 65% of addresses using satellite imagery — a massive accomplishment for us,” said Census Bureau Geography Division Chief Deirdre Bishop during the briefing. “In 2010 we had to hire 150,000 people to verify 100% of the addresses in the field, this decade we will only have to hire about 40,000 employees around the nation to verify the remaining 35% of addresses.”

Census Bureau employees (listers) have started walking through neighborhoods across the country checking addresses not verified using BARCA software. In-field address canvassing will continue through mid-October.

To help identify address listers, employees will have badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau. They will knock on doors and ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census.

Employees will introduce themselves as a Census Bureau employee, show their official government ID badge, and explain the purpose of the visit. People may also ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity.

The 2020 Census: In-Field Address Canvassing (IFAC) Viewer provides county information on areas that listers will visit.

This operation is one of several activities the Census Bureau conducts for an accurate and complete count. The Census Bureau also partners with the U.S. Postal Service and tribal, state and local officials to update the address list.

“Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation,” said Marilyn Sanders, Chicago regional director. “And it’s important to remember, when you respond to the census you shape your future and the future of your community.”

The 2020 Census officially starts counting people in January 2020 in remote Toksook Bay, Alaska. Following the count of people in remote Alaska, most households in the country will start receiving invitations to respond online, by phone or by mail in March 2020.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and businesses.

For more information on address canvassing, visit the Census Bureau


For more information or questions, please call the Planning Department at (419) 354-6218.