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2020 U.S. Census

*NEW* Free Webinar Recordings

The U.S Census Bureau conducted a series of webinars designed for the novice data user to present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrations on how they can be used to assist organizations and businesses identify data-drive solutions to challenges.  Currently there are no additional webinars planned, but access to the recorded sessions is available to you FREE of charge.

Data Summit: Census Data for Everyone – Why it Should Matter to You
Recorded on April 8, 2021
Learn about how your responses to Census Bureau surveys are used to create publicly available data products.

Data Summit: Census Bureau Data for the AIAN Population and Businesses
Recorded April 13, 2021
This webinar will show you how to explore the data and tools that the Census Bureau offers for the AIAN population and the AIAN-owned businesses.

Data Summit: Data for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Organizations
Recorded on April 15, 2021
This Webinar will take a dive into data from decennial censuses, various surveys, and examine statistics to give a more complete portrait of those you serve.

Data Summit: Accessing Census Bureau Data for Rural Communities
Recorded on April 20, 2021
This webinar will teach basic Census geography, rural vs. urban terminology, as well as tools and tables using the ACS for the contemporary rural landscape.

Data Summit: SIS – Bringing Census Bureau Data to Classrooms
Recorded on April 22, 2021
This webinar will teach data users how to explore the Statistics in Schools (SIS) Website.

Data Summit: CBB for Small Business Retailers & Service Establishments
Recorded on May 4, 2021
This webinar will teach you how to access the CBB suite of services, which provides selected demographic and economic data tailored to specific types of users.

Data Summit: COVID-19 HUB Demographic and Economic Resources
Recorded on May 6, 2021
This webinar will provide data users demographic and economic data designed to help guide decision-making related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data Summit: Census Data for Librarians
Recorded on May 11, 2021
This webinar will teach users more about the demographics and economics characteristics of the patrons you serve.

Data Summit: Economic Recovery – Workforce Patterns
Recorded on May 12, 2021
This webinar will teach data users how to analyze commuting patterns and workforce characteristics at the state and sub-state geographic levels.

Data Summit: Census Bureau Data About Housing Characteristics
Recorded on May 13, 2021
This webinar will teach data users about housing and household data available from various surveys and indicators.

Important Update: The 2020 Census is closed.

Participating in the Census is Critical to the Future of West Virginia.
Every ten years, the country’s population must be counted according to the U.S. Constitution. The data collected determines things like the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and how federal money is allocated to states and localities for key programs, many of which are administered by nonprofits.

Continued losses in West Virginia’s population heading into the 2020 census threaten one of our state’s seats in Congress and could cut into the nearly $7 billion in federal funding we receive each year. Exacerbating the problem is the potential for an undercount as more than 24% of West Virginians are living in hard-to-count communities. Meanwhile, the census is moving primarily online for the first time when an estimated quarter of the state’s population has little-to-no internet access.

At stake are several hundred federal financial assistance programs that rely on census data to determine the amount of funds given to states, counties and cities. These programs include the Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid), Medicare Part B, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Section 8 Project-Based Housing and Head Start/Early Head Start, among others. An undercount on the census will affect the amount of money the state and counties receive for these programs starting in 2021.

This page is designed to provide West Virginia’s nonprofits with information, tools and resources to help you reach your clientele, neighborhoods, and community on the importance of being counted in 2020!

What Nonprofits Can Do (Timeline/Messaging)

Census Resources & Articles

Census Job Opportunities in WV

History of the Citizenship Question