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Census Data Funds Job Creation and Training 

In this time of employment uncertainty, a complete 2020 Census count of all Montana residents is more important than ever.  The Census data is used to allocate more than $2 billion a year in federal funding to the state including critical programs for job training and business loans.  In 2016, Montana received more than $18.7 million for workers and youth training including career & technical education, employment, unemployment, and dislocated worker funding. 

With half of Montana households still to respond, it is critical everyone fills out the 2020 Census. Missing only one resident means that a community misses $20,000 of its fair share of federal funding over the next decade including needed support for Montana workers. 

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Partnership with Montana Job Service 

Across the state, Montana’s Job Services has continued its support of the 2020 Census.  From recruiting efforts to hire more than 2,500 Census workers to signing up as “Be Counted” sites for residents to safely respond on-line, the 17 job service sites are helping the state daily towards an accurate Census 2020 count. 

The Census is recruiting for Montana workers for the non-response follow-up expected to start in summer.   

2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19 

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau continues toadjust 2020 Census operations in order to: 

  • Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees. 
  • Implement guidance from federal, state and local authorities. 
  • Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities. 

Update / Leave operations began resumed statewide on the May 4, 2020. Full field operations will resume after June 1, 2020 extended to October 31, 2020. Additionally, the Census Bureau is seeking statutory relief from Congress of 120 additional calendar days to deliver final apportionment counts to the President on April 30, 2021 instead of December 31, 2020. 

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Complete the 2020 Census Now

Complete the 2020 Census Now 

Filling out the Census is quick, easy, and safe. It will take less than 10 minutes to complete and your information and privacy are protected by federal law. 

The 2020 Census is now live and available to fill out online at 

  • TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020.  

Steps You Can Take to Ensure a Complete Count for Montana

  • Promote and 1-844-330-2020 for people to fill out their Census form online or by phone. 
  • Post a picture with Census content on your social media to let your family, friends, and followers know that you were counted in the 2020 Census. Use the hashtags #MontanaCensus2020 #makeitcount 
  • Get involved with your community’s Complete Count Committee (CCC). CCC's are volunteer committees established within communities to increase awareness and motivate the public to respond to the 2020 Census. A map of CCC's in Montana can be found HERE
  • Include Census information in mailings that you're sending out. To request free materials be mailed to you contact us HERE
  • Talk about the Census and become a trusted voice on the importance of a complete count. As a community member that people trust, your support of the 2020 Census can help other people see the benefit of filling out their 2020 Census form. 
  • Distribute the Montana public service announcements (PSA) on personal or business social media platforms, websites, newsletters, or other digital communication channels.



These events are current as of May 11, 2020, but are subject to change as the U.S. Census Bureau revises its operations in response to COVID-19. Check with event organizers regarding local events and go to 2020CENSUS.GOV for the latest U.S. Census Bureau operations updates.

March 12 – October 31: Self Response Phase 

Group Quarters: April 2 but Extended to September 3, 2020 

May 4 – July 9Resume Update/Leave Operations in Montana and other select states 

June 13 - July 9: Resume Update/Leave Operations nationwide 

July 1 – September 3: In-person Group Quarters Enumeration 

August 11 – October 31: Non-response Follow-up 

September 3 – September 28 (Tentatively): Enumerate Transitory Locations 

April 30, 2021 (Proposed)Deliver Census Population Counts to the President  

July 31, 2021Deliver redistricting data to states 

 Operations and dates for counting of those experiencing Homelessness are still under review.



It's time to stand up and be counted - DAILY INTER LAKE 

Montana one of the few states in the county to resume limited Census operations - CHAR-KOOTSA NEWS

Montana counts, as do Native-American communities - KPVI

Montana census resumes operations - DAILY INTER LAKE 


To be routed to your local U.S. Census Bureau office Call                       
855-562-2020 select option 3, and enter your zip code. 

Reach Out to a Montana Census 2020 Partnership Specialist.

Jeri Bucy
Montana Partnership Specialist
U.S. Census Bureau
Phone: (406) 302-2227

Chance Gillette
Montana Partnership Specialist
U.S. Census Bureau
Phone: 406-850-0199

Jihan Khalaf
Montana Partnership Specialist
U.S. Census Bureau 
Phone: 406-439-3383

Colleen M. McCarthy
Montana Partnership Specialist U.S. Census Bureau
Phone: (406) 302-2226

For Media Requests Please Contact:

Josh Manning
Media Specialist
Dallas Regional Census Office, US Census Bureau
(406) 422-6475



Have you been working on community outreach for the Census? Or do you have a success story you'd like to share? Contact us HERE for a chance to be published in the next newsletter and have your next digital event displayed on the 2020 Census Events Calendar at CENSUS.MT.GOV.