Marion County Counts
Why the census is important to our community
Preparations are underway for the 2020 U.S. Decennial Census. Marion County and the City of Salem are committed to partnering with the U.S. Census bureau to help ensure a complete and accurate count in 2020.
An accurate census count helps planners, businesses, service providers, and others making decisions on housing needs, infrastructure, and business growth. More than $1 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to Marion County based on census data.
Census data helps determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representative – in 2020 Oregon is predicted to gain a seat should all Oregonians participate.
Programs that receive federal allocations based on census data include:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children, and the school lunch program
- Health insurance for seniors and children
- Section 8 Housing Vouchers and Housing Assistance Payments Program
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance
- Highway planning and construction
- And many more
Local communities and local programs rely on an accurate count. We need your help to ensure that all residents of Marion County are counted.
Funding available for Census Assistance Centers
To ensure a complete and accurate census, the Census Equity Fund of Oregon is accepting applications for Census Assistance Centers that will serve those at risk of being undercounted during the 2020 Census.
Census Assistance Centers can be service organizations, non-profits, and in some cases public agencies that can provide safe spaces for people to fill out their census online. Census Assistance Centers should have a strong connection with the communities they serve and should be places "hard to count" people are likely to visit.
Census Assistance Centers will receive funding, tools, and materials related to census communication and outreach which will be available in multiple languages.
Interested organizations can participate in a Q&A Webinar on Friday, November 22, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Visit United Way of the Columbia-Willamette to register.
Applications are due Dec. 4, 2019. The full RFP and other details are available online.
Help our community: Work for the U.S. Census Bureau
The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring for the 2020 Census. The positions are temporary with varying pay ranges.
For area census office jobs apply at https://www.census.gov/about/census-careers/opportunities/location/regional-office-careers.html.
For enumerator jobs apply online at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html.
By working for the Census Bureau, your community has a special opportunity to help make the 2020 Census an accurate and complete count. There are so many reasons our nation needs to be counted completely and accurately. The count happens every 10 years with the decennial census, which influences how more than $675 billion from more than 100 federal programs are distributed to states and localities each year. Here’s some of what the census numbers effect:
- School lunch programs
- Community development grants
- Road and school construction
- Medical services
- Business locations
For more information, applicants may also call 1-855-JOB-2020.