What is the Maine CCC?
The Maine Complete Count Committee is charged via executive order (PDF) with promoting an accurate and complete count of the 2020 Census. Complete Count Committees (CCC) are volunteer committees established by tribal, state, and local governments and community leaders or organizations to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. View the complete list of Complete Count Committees in Maine.
CCCs serve as state and local “Census ambassador” groups that play an integral part in ensuring a complete and accurate count of the community in the 2020 Census. Success of the Census depends on community involvement at every level. The U.S. Census Bureau cannot conduct the 2020 Census alone. The committee generates ideas and strategies to help Mainers get involved with the Census.
The Maine CCC is comprised of members from several agencies, such as the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, the Department of Agricultural, Conservation, and Forestry, the Department of Economic and Community Development, and many others. This committee published their interim report (PDF) in January for how they plan to get Mainers involved and aware of the Census, and they published their final report (PDF) in March.
What is the Census?
Why is this year’s Census unique?
The 2020 Census is a unique Census not only because the 2020 count will reflect the growth of the U.S. population over the last 10 years, but because this will be the first year the Census will be available online. You don’t have to have somebody come to your door! For those that do not have internet access, the traditional methods of Census-taking will still be available.
How can I work for the Census?
Do you want to help gather an accurate count of Maine? Not only should you participate in the Census, but you can work for the Census! Maine needs about 14,000 enumerators to help gather a complete count of Maine’s population. Here are some the qualifications (PDF) you’ll need to be eligible to work for the Census.
Apply Online for a Census job.
Why is the Census important?
Census data are used in many ways. Some examples include:
- Distribution of more than $675 billion annually in federal funds back to tribal, state, and local governments. Maine alone received more than $4 billion in federal funds (PDF) because of the last Census.
- Redistricting of state legislative districts.
- Forecasting future transportation needs for all segments of the population.
- Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.
- Assisting federal, tribal, state, and local governments in planning and implementing programs, services, and emergency response.
- Designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly, and children.
- Read about the many more ways Census data are used (PDF).