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U.S. Census 2020

Updated at 2:32 a.m. ET Friday

The Census Bureau is cutting short critical door-knocking efforts for the 2020 census amid growing concerns among Democrats in Congress that the White House is pressuring the bureau to wrap up counting soon for political gain, NPR has learned.

The U.S. Census is underway, and many communities of color across the nation are vulnerable to being undercounted this year.

According to a new analysis from Headwaters Economics, more than 700,000 people of color are at risk of being undercounted in the Mountain West alone.

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Only a third of residents in Pitkin and Eagle Counties have responded to the U.S. Census so far, putting them in the bottom 20% of all counties in Colorado. 

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Census day comes every ten years on April 1. When Coloradans fill out the census, it determines how federal funds are allocated to each state. After the 2010 census, Colorado received over $13 billion throughout the decade for schools, transportation services and other state-funded projects and programs. 

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The census is underway across the nation, taking a headcount to determine how resources, funding, and congressional seats are allocated. Due to coronavirus, some in-person counting efforts will be put on hold, but online, mail and phone responses are still going on as planned.

Every ten years, people all over the country take part in the census, a national headcount that decides how government resources are distributed that's responsible for bringing 13 billion dollars of federal funding to Colorado. 

School districts in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield County received 25 million dollars from the last census, which took place in 2010.  Aspen School District received $1.4 million from the previous census. $11.7 million went to the Roaring Fork School District.

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Before the 2020 census opens for online responses in March, local officials are making an effort to reach the Valley’s Latino community. 

According to estimates from a 2017 census survey, almost a quarter of people in the Roaring Fork Valley said they were Hispanic or Latino. That study shows 28% of the population in Garfield County as Hispanic or Latino, 30% in Eagle County and 10% in Pitkin County.

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With 2020 coming up, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting across the country to ensure they have a full staff in time for the nationwide count. 

Nationwide, the bureau is looking to hire 500,000 people. The Grand Junction office is in charge of hiring in the Roaring Fork Valley region.