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Census 2020 Count the Mount Campaign!

April 1, 2020 - Census Day!!!

COVID-19 Update:

Students, are you wondering where you should be counted in the 2020 Census? Take a look at the video at the bottom of this page to learn more about how your current displacement from campus impacts the census. In short, you should be counted where you usually live, not necessarily where you happen to be right now because of the virus. Watch the video below to learn more!

For more information on how you can get involved, contact CARiTAS today.

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About the U.S. Census

The first U.S. Census took place in 1790 and has occurred every 10 years after that as constitutionally mandated, including the 2020 Census this April. The census helps reapportion representatives of the house of congress, as well as divide up an estimated $675 billion in federal funds to states, counties, and local communities. The State of Maryland estimates that each person we fail to count in 2020 will cost the state $1,825 per person, per year. That means for every person we miss, the state and our community risks losing $18,250 in federal funds over the next 10 years. In other words, the stakes are high for Census 2020!

2020 Census in Northern-Frederick County

Emmitsburg, MD falls in an area the U.S. Census Bureau has designated as a Hard-to-Count (HTC) region, meaning that the percentage of households responding to the 2010 Census fell below the national average of 73%. In fact, only 65.6% of the households in the census tract (a census geographic designation) that contains Emmitsburg responded to the 2010 Census[1]. Historically, groups who were undercounted in 2010 included men between the ages of 18-29 and 30-49, those renting compared to homeowners, racial and ethnic minorities, as well as low income families[2]. More importantly, the most undercounted group in the 2010 census was children between the ages of 0 and 4[3].

Emmitsburg and the immediate surrounding area faces several challenges when it comes to the 2020 Census. Demographically, about 4% of the area population are children under 5, nearly 30% of area households are renters, 30% of households fall below the 200 percent federal poverty level, and around 15% of residents identify as members of racial or ethnic communities[4]. Each of these demographic groups were often undercounted in the 2010 Census.

Moreover, Emmitsburg faces challenges that are unique to the upcoming 2020 Census. For the first time in history, the U.S. Census will be available online. Beginning in March, the Census Bureau will contact households in the area with a postcard detailing how households can complete the census digitally. However, the initial contact will only be circulated to households with a physical mailing address. In other words, any resident who only receives mail through a post office box (PO box) will not receive the initial invitation to participate in the census from the Census Bureau. A sizeable number of households in Emmitsburg are required to use a PO box as door-to-door delivery from the U.S. Postal Service is not always available. Additionally, almost 20% of households in this region don’t have access to the internet, leaving those families to participate by phone, mail, or a knock on the door.

We are working with many organizations, elected officials, and businesses in the area to reach out to as many people as we can as census day on April 1st approaches. Please feel free to use the resources below to find out more about how you can help us get an accurate count in the 2020 Census! Join us on February 13th at 4PM in Laughlin Auditorium (Mount St. Mary’s University) when we welcome Ashley Roush from the U.S. Census Bureau to speak about the upcoming 2020 Census!


[1] HTC 2020

[2] Census Bureau Releases Estimates of Undercount and Overcount in the 2010 Census. 2012.

[3] Investigating the 2010 Undercount of Young Children. 2017.

[4] American Community Survey. 2014-18 five year estimates.

2020 Census Links & Resources

Please use the links below to learn more about the 2020 Census and how you can be involved!

2020 Census - Learn about the planning and resources for the 2020 Census! 

Response Outreach Area Mapper - Learn more about your area and how to improve response rates based on the demographics and challenges facing your area!

Hard-To-Count - Want to see if your area is considered a hard-to-count region? Use this interactive map to view your own community and learn more about the Census Bureau Contact Strategies for your area!

Maryland Census 2020 - Take a look at the resources developed by the State of Maryland and how we are preparing for the 2020 Census!

2020 Census - How Can You Participate?

Where should students be counted?