Partnership, Coordination, and Engagement
These are the fundamental values driving Adams County’s 2020 Census Outreach Plan. The county has developed a robust and comprehensive approach to ensuring there is a quality and equitable increase in census self-response rates, with a specialized effort in “hard-to-count” populations. Adams County developed the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee (CCC) consisting of members of all municipalities within the county, county-wide organizations such as Anythink Libraries, a variety of local non-profits, and Interfaith networks that provide outreach and services throughout the county. The CCC also has representation from all Adams County school cistricts and lastly, a variety of elected officials and their staff also participate in assisting in census outreach efforts.
The State Demographer’s office currently projects roughly, 511,868 residents are living in Adams County (2019, 2018 Population Estimates, FactFinder.Census.gov), which is a significant growth projection. However, this number may be low as Adams County is currently ranked as one of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the United States. Adams County remains one of the most affordable areas in the region, as it is geographically positioned for the frontage workforce because of its central location with every major highway crossing its borders. Thus, there is a possibility the 2020 population growth may be significantly higher than was projected, making census outreach efforts for all a top priority.