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Count On It: How Vermont Is Preparing For The 2020 Census

A Census Bureau worker
U.S. Census Bureau
A Census worker during a test run of the 2020 Census in Texas. For the first time in Census history, questionnaire can be submitted online using a computer or smartphone.

It's a once-in-a-decade population tally, and it's coming to Vermont in just a few short months. The 2020 Census can influence everything from how much federal funding comes to the state, to shaping the districts in which we vote. We’re talking about what to expect in the 2020 Census and efforts underway now to ensure a full count in Vermont. 

A sample questionnaire for the 2020 Census.
Credit U.S. Census Bureau
A sample questionnaire for the 2020 Census. You'll be able to to respond to the Census online, by phone or through a paper questionnaire.

Michael Moser, coordinator of the Vermont State Census Data Center at UVM's Center for Rural Studies, is a member of the newly-announced Vermont 2020 Complete Count Committee.

Click here for the full 2020 Census questionnaire.

He'll explain the questions on the 2020 Census, timelinesfor the Census and how you can complete your questionnaire (including, for the first time, submitting it online).

He'll also discuss efforts to reach "hard to count" populations in Vermont, including people of color, youth and refugees and those with different citizenship status.

And we'll hear from Elliott Greenblott, the coordinator of AARP-Vermont’s Fraud Watch program, and some scams already happening that are looking to capture personal information while masquerading as Census data collection. 

Broadcast live on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Matt Smith worked for Vermont Public from 2017 to 2023 as managing editor and senior producer of Vermont Edition.
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