Nevada State Data Center (SDC): State Data Center Home
The Nevada State Data Center (SDC) program was established in 1982 as a service of the Nevada State Library, Archives & Public Records. The SDC provides training and technical assistance in accessing and using Census data for the planning, decision-making, administration and research needs of Nevada's state and local governments, businesses, researchers and others.
The SDC serves as the coordinating agency for 21 state affiliates. This network consists of state and local government agencies who produce primary data on the Nevada economy, regional and local organizations, libraries and universities.
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America counts its population each decade. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution. The data collected determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute federal funds to local communities.
The 2020 Census will be conducted primarily online and library staff will be on the front lines to assist!
Assisting people with their Census forms is just one way libraries can contribute to this important effort. Accurate Census data is a key component to fair representation and funding and is vital to all types of library users, including students, researchers, businesses and community organizations.
According to ALA, 99% of Hard-to-Count (HTC) census tracts are within five miles of a public library!
Use the resources in this guide to find out more about 2020 Census activities and what you can do to promote a successful effort in your community. Get started with the Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census from ALA.
How can I invite the Census Bureau to give a presentation at my library?
Contact Kimberly Burgess, Partnership Specialist, (775) 901-9563 for assistance in locating a partnership specialist in your area.
How can my library get 2020 Census promotional materials?
Are respondents required by law to complete their Census form?What if they want to skip a question?
Title 13 of the U.S. Code states that respondents may be fined if they do not complete their Census form. Submitting an incomplete form will increase the likelihood that an enumerator will need to follow-up with a respondent in person.
Who should I contact if my staff or community members have questions about completing the form?
A Census Questionnaire Assistance hotline will be toll-free and open from mid-January to early September 2020.
Ways that libraries can support Census activities in their communities
Participate in Complete Count Committees - work with local community groups to help plan outreach activities. To locate your local committee, talk to your city or county planner or other administrative staff. Need help talking to local leaders? ALA has developed some talking points for you!
Promote opportunities for local residents to apply for census jobs. See tip sheet from ALA for more advice about promoting census jobs.
Host community meetings and outreach activities in your library's meeting room
Provide your staff with training to help them understand what to expect and prepare for questions about the census
Encourage your library board/trustees to become a Library Census Champion. Champions will receive free information, resources, and actions to take to ensure a fair and accurate census. Watch this webinar for more information.
The Census Bureau identifies areas that are hard to count based on response rates from the 2010 Census. Below are links to maps for Nevada counties that have hard to count areas. The maps show specific census tracts and nearby libraries.
During 2013-17, 17.0% of Nevada's households had either no home internet subscription or dial up-only, according to the latest American Community Survey estimates. 8.1% of the state's households had a cellular data plan only (which may be costly to use for non-essential services).
In 2020 for the first time, the Census Bureau will be urging most households to submit their census responses online. See this FAQ about technology issues & different ways to participate in the 2020 Census.
Census supporters can use the HTC map to identify areas where households may have difficulty filling out the 2020 census questionnaire online. Click here to display the internet access slider. In tracts where a large share of households have no internet subscription, public libraries and others may be able to provide online access for households with no internet access.
However, all households receiving census materials in the mail or dropped off at their door have the option of submitting responses by phone or using a paper questionnaire. In areas with poor internet access, census supporters can emphasize the availability of these other two response methods.
Training Provided by Nevada's Data Dissemination Specialist
Eric Coyle is the Census Bureau's data dissemination specialist for Nevada. He is available for workshop opportunities, webinars, one-on-one in-depth training, and other Census needs. For more information email Eric or visit theU.S. Census Bureau.
Census Academy - This virtual hub for learning data skills is geared toward the effective use of census data. Data Gems, webinars, and courses pertaining to topics such as Data Tools, Geography, Data Visualization, Population, Business and Economy, and Housing. Census Academy
Training Provided by the Census Bureau
Webinars, video tutorials and classroom training opportunities are available from the Census Bureau. Discover how to find and use census data to inform your business planning; support grant proposals and research projects; plan for local schools and hospitals, and more. The Census Bureau can meet your economic and demographic data needs.
Here are some additional ways to learn to use the data collected during the Census and other surveys.
Webinars:Live or recorded. No registration is needed.
Survey and Topic One-Pagers: These topical one-pagers are meant to be an introduction to some of the topics, programs and surveys offered by the Census Bureau for survey respondents and users of Census data. In these informational one-pagers, some of the most frequently asked questions are addressed to better assist with data needs.
Video Tutorials: Watch official Census Bureau videos about the latest projects, events, and activities.
YouTube videos: Many interesting videos, both short and longer, useful for local events and presentations.