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Nevada State Data Center (SDC)

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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.

The SDC is a cooperative effort with the  US Census Bureau.

About the 2020 Census

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.

Count on Libraries!

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?

Contact Kimberly Burgess, Partnership Specialist, (775) 901-9563. Downloadable materials are also available.

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.

For more FAQs, see:  Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census, p. 11-12.

Census QuickFacts - A quick way to find census data for states, counties, and towns

American FactFinder - Gateway to detailed census data

Census 2020 Hard to Count Map - Locate areas in your community that are hard to count.

Census Engagement Navigator - Learn about areas that had high or low return rates in the 2010 Census, and the current demographic makeup of these neighborhoods.

2020 Census In Field Address Canvassing (IFAC) Viewer - Locate housing units that will be contacted during address canvassing, taking place from August to October 2019.

The Citizenship Question and the 2020 Census - an overview of this issue from the ALA Intellectual Freedom Blog

2020 Census Resources and Legislation - an overview of state efforts to encourage participation in 2020 Census from the National Conference on State Legislatures

2020 Census - advocacy and other resources from the American Library Association

Tools & Resources: Best Practices for Getting out the Count - a collection of web sites suggesting methods for promoting Census turnout, from staff at Oregon's Population Research Center.

Municipal Action Guide - Preparing for the 2020 Census - from the National League of Cities

Census 2020 in Rural America - fact sheet from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

The Vulnerable, Vital 2020 Census - collection of research and articles from the Urban Institute

Census study on Barriers, and Attitudes, Motivators Toward Participating in the Upcoming 2020 Census - from Census Bureau

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
  • Review the Census Bureau's Community Outreach Toolkit for other ideas!
  • 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.

Not sure who to contact in your community? Reach out to a Nevada Census Partnership Specialist or locate local Complete Count Committee contacts in your area.

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 estimates8.1% 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.

The maps also provide basic demographic information for each hard to count census tract. To view, click on the tract in the map and then select the Tract option on the Left menu. Maps are from the Census 2020 Hard to Count Map project developed by the CUNY Mapping Service at the City University of New York's Graduate Center.

Churchill County Clark County
Douglas County Esmeralda County
Eureka County Humboldt County
Lander County Lincoln County
Lyon County Mineral County
Nye County Pershing County
Storey County Washoe County
White Pine County  


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2020 Census at a Glance (flyer)

Census 101: What You Need to Know (flyer/image)

Additional images for signage

How You Will Be Contacted to Participate in Census (flyer) (Spanish version)

2020 Census and Confidentiality (flyer) (Spanish version)

Why We Ask (flyer)

Promotional Materials for Specific Groups

Census 2020 web site in Spanish

Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds - Nevada (flyer)

Social Media Content- suggested posts with images

Census Counts 2020 - Links to a variety of organizations promoting census participation

Libraries and the 2020 Census - Talking points from ALA

Census and Sensibility: Preparing your Library for the 2020 Census - toolkit from the California Library Association. Note that some information in this toolkit does not apply to Nevada. For example, Nevada has no current funding for Census Action Kiosks.

Nevada State Data Center, Lead Agency

Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
100 N. Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89710

Joshua Owens


Legislative Council Bureau (LCB) Research Library

401 S. Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701-4747
Teresa Wilt *
p: (775) 684-6827 | f: (775) 684-6420


Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation

Research and Analysis Bureau
500 E. 3rd St.
Carson City, NV 89713
Bharman Gulati*
p: (775) 684-0372 | f: (775) 684-0342


Nevada Department of Transportation

1263 South Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Tim Mueller*

p: (775) 888-7351 | f: (775) 888-7207

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

4126 Technology Way, Suite 201
Carson City, NV 89706   
Kyra Morgan*
p: (775) 684-4161 | c:775-434-9302


Northern Nevada Development Authority

704 W. Nye Lane, Suite 20
Carson City, NV  89703

Tatjana Vukovic*, Deputy Director
p: (775) 624-3963


Western Nevada Development District

1000 N Division St, Ste 102 B
Carson City, NV 89703

Christine Brandon*
p: (775) 315-1046 | f: (775) 883-0722

City of Henderson Community Development & Services

240 Water St.
P.O. Box 95050
Henderson, NV 89009-5050
Andrew Powell *
p: (702) 267-1555 | f: (702) 267-1501

City of Las Vegas Department of Planning

Department of Planning
333 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Richard Wassmuth
p: (702) 229-2080 | f: (702) 384-1397

Clark County Comprehensive Planning

500 S. Grand Central Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89155-1741
Martin Gies, AICP *
p: (702) 455- 5010 

Division of Welfare & Support Services

2505 Chandler Ave, Suite 1
Las Vegas, NV 89120

Robert Thompson, Division Administrator *
p: (702) 486-5000 | 

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Las Vegas Library
Library District Administrative Offices

7060 W. Windmill Ln. / Las Vegas, NV 89113
JoAnn Prevetti / MBA*

m: (702) 249-8774 | p: (702) 507-6179

University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Center for Business and Economic Research

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154

Stephen Miller *
p: (702) 895-3191 | f: (702) 895-3606

University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Lied Library, Government Information

4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7014 

Susie Skarl*
p: 702-895-2141

North Las Vegas Advanced Planning

2250 Las Vegas Boulevard North
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Sharianne Dotson *​
p: (702) 633-1537 | f: (702) 649-6091

Nevada State Demographer

Nevada Department of Taxation
Chris Wright *
Reno Office: 4600 Kietzke Lane, Building L Suite 235 Reno, NV 89502
p: (775) 687-9961 | f: (775) 688-1303

Regional Transportation Commission

1105 Terminal Way, Suite 200
Reno, NV 89502
Xuan Wang *
p: (775) 332-9521 | f: (775) 348-0450

University of Nevada, Reno, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

1664 N. Virginia Street / MS 032
Reno, NV 89557 

Emily Boss*

p : (775) 682-5007

Washoe County Community Services Department

Planning & Development Division
1001 E. 9th St.
PO Box 11130
Reno, NV 89520
Chad Giesinger, AICP*
p: (775) 328-3626 | f: (775) 328-6113 

Washoe County Library 

P. O. Box 2151
Reno, NV 89505-2151
Stacy McKenzie, Assistant Library Director *

p: (775) 327-8312 | f: (775) 327-8390

City of Sparks Community Services - Planning and Zoning

431 Prater Way
Sparks, NV 89431
Jim Rundle *
p: (775) 353-7827 | f: (775) 353-1608

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