2020 Census

Participants in this month's Arkansas 2020 Complete Count Committee meeting discussed efforts being done in different regions of the state to encourage participation in this year's census.
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As COVID-19 has disrupted plans and normalcy for workplaces, schools and public life over the last few months, it also brought a halt to long-discussed outreach efforts in Arkansas for the U.S. Census. But as businesses reopen, so too resumes a campaign to get residents to participate.

In 2019, Gov. Asa Hutchinson created the 2020 Complete Count Committee in an effort to maximize the accuracy this year. The committee, chaired by Fort Smith Mayor George McGill, is working to increase awareness of the census across the state.

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The U.S. Census Bureau started a recruiting push in Little Rock on Thursday to finish hiring enumerators for the upcoming 2020 Census in Arkansas.

The recruiting push kicked off with a hiring event and press conference at the Little Rock Census Office in downtown Little Rock. Prospective workers filled out applications and learned more about the jobs offered.

The Census, held once every ten years, determines how the government distributes billions of dollars in funds over the next decade to each state.

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Businesses and nonprofits across Arkansas are working to ensure an accurate count of the state’s population in the 2020 Census. Representatives from groups raising awareness of the Census spoke at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Little Rock Tuesday.

Mireya Reith, founding executive director of immigrants’ rights group Arkansas United, said one big challenge is combating misinformation aimed at hard-to-count populations.

Arkansas’s population grew 3.5% between 2010 and July 1, 2019, according to estimates released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report shows the state added 101,773 new residents in the period.

State population was 2,916,031 on April 1, 2010, following the last census. The 2019 Arkansas population estimate – as of July 1 – was 3,017,804. U.S. population has grown 6.3% between 2010 and 2019, rising from 308.758 million to 328.239 million.

The Northwest Arkansas Council has announced a business initiative to prioritize support for the 2020 census.

The Council, John R. Tyson and Kara Wilkins have partnered, according to a news release, to educate regional community leaders in the hopes of catalyzing the business community’s leadership. Tyson is the chief sustainability officer for Tyson Foods and a member of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Complete Count committee. Since being named CSO in September, Tyson has been leading the company’s strategy to communicate the importance of the census to Tyson Foods employees.

Issues That Matter: The 2020 U.S. Census And Arkansas

Dec 12, 2019
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Issues That Matter: The 2020 U.S. Census is the third forum in a series presented by KUAR, the Central Arkansas Library System and the League of Women Voters.

In the final month of 2019, central Arkansas is already developing plans for an upcoming 2020 task, the U.S. Census. According Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde, preparation for the census under the supervision of Communications Director Cozetta Jones began around four or five months ago.