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.
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.
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
Ways that libraries can support Census activities in their communities
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.
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|
2020 Census at a Glance (flyer)
Census 101: What You Need to Know (flyer/image)
Additional images for signage
Why We Ask (flyer)
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 Census Partnership Specialists
|Name||Phone||Area of Responsibility|
|Kimberly M. Burgessemail@example.com||(775) 901-9563||Douglas County|
|Ari Medecki (Spanish)||firstname.lastname@example.org||(818) 963-3815||Clark|
|Girlie V. O'Brien (Tagalog)||email@example.com||(818) 963-3785||Clark|
|Edgar Ramos (Spanish)||firstname.lastname@example.org||(725) 666-3260||Clark|
|Arlene Alvarez (Spanish)||email@example.com||(725) 666-3263||Clark|
|Jacqueline Cashmere (African-American)||firstname.lastname@example.org||(702) 985-5399||Clark|
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 the U.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.
Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
100 N. Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89710
p: (775) 684-3303 | f: (775) 684-3330
p: (775) 684-3366 | f: (775) 684-3330
401 S. Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701-4747
p: (775) 684-6827 | f: (775) 684-6420
Research and Analysis Bureau
500 E. 3rd St.
Carson City, NV 89713
p: (775) 684-0372 | f: (775) 684-0342
1263 South Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701
p: (775) 888-7351 | f: (775) 888-7207
4126 Technology Way, Suite 201
Carson City, NV 89706
p: (775) 684-4161 | f: (775) 684-5999
1470 E College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
p: (775) 684-0648 | f: (775) 883-0722
1000 N Division St, Ste 102 C
Carson City, NV 89703
p: (775) 473-6753 | f: (775) 883-0722
240 Water St.
P.O. Box 95050
Henderson, NV 89009-5050
p: (702) 267-1555 | f: (702) 267-1501
Department of Planning
333 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89106
p: (702) 229-2080 | f: (702) 384-1397
500 S. Grand Central Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89155-1741
p: (702) 455-3129 | f: (702) 385-9952
Las Vegas Library
833 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas NV 89101
p: (702) 507-3521 | f: (702) 507-3540
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
p: (702) 895-3191 | f: (702) 895-3606
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7014
p: (702) 895-2160 | f: (702) 895-2287
Nevada Department of Taxation
Reno Office: 4600 Kietzke Lane, Building L Suite 235 Reno, NV 89502
o: (775) 687-9961 | p: (775) 687-9999 | f: (775) 688-1303
Carson Office: 1550 College Parkway, Suite115 Carson City, NV 89706
p: (775) 684-2000 | f: (775) 684-2020
1105 Terminal Way, Suite 200
Reno, NV 89502
p: (775) 335-1825 | f: (775) 348-0450
1664 N. Virginia Street / MS 032
Reno, NV 89557
p : (775) 682-5510
Planning & Development Division
1001 E. 9th St.
PO Box 11130
Reno, NV 89520
Chad Giesinger, AICP
p: (775) 328-3626 | f: (775) 328-6113
P. O. Box 2151
Reno, NV 89505-2151
p: (775) 327-8312 | f: (775) 327-8390
431 Prater Way
Sparks, NV 89431
p: (775) 353-7827 | f: (775) 353-1608
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