2020 Census

Twenty-five years ago, 11-year-old Jeremy Bullock was shot by a classmate on the playground of Butte’s Margaret Leary Elementary. It was reportedly the youngest school shooting death in U.S. history at the time. 

U.S. Census Bureau Regional Director Cathy Lacy speaks at a podium
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The United States Census Bureau is taking account of buildings in Montana. It’s part of the preparation to collect census data next year.

U.S. Census officials speaking in Missoula Monday avoided commenting on whether a citizenship question will be added to the 2020 Census and what it could mean for Montana. It comes at a time when the Trump administration is assembling a legal team determined to ask the country about its citizenship status.

U.S. Census Bureau Regional Director Cathy Lacy speaks at a podium
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Billings became one of the first cities in the West to open a US Census Office Tuesday.

The Republican National Committee sent a look-alike census-survey to residents in Montana, May 2019.
Courtesy of the Montana Department of Commerce

The Republican National Committee is sending out policy surveys with the option of enclosing $15 for processing a "Census Document." The Montana Department of Commerce is reminding Montana residents the actual U.S. Census will begin in March 2020 and will not ask for any money.

Senator Steve Daines
Senator Steve Daines

Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines on Wednesday introduced a bill to add a question about citizenship to the federal census in 2020.

A remote Montana ranch in Liberty County, August 16, 2009.
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The 2020 Census will have a big impact on how federal money and Congressional seats are distributed to states over the next decade. In a rural state like Montana, long distances between residents add extra challenges for getting the complete population count.