The 2020 Census started in March and goes until Oct. 31. 

Each completed census form will bring in approximately $2,300 per year to Colorado for vital community programs, and a good census count in Colorado will lead to fair representation in Congress.

A good count for Chaffee County can lead to federal funding for healthcare, public safety and emergency preparedness  (including wildfire prevention and management), business development grants, training for teachers, highway maintenance and construction, housing financing for low-income older adults, homelessness, waste disposal and much more.

 As of April 28, the self-response rates are:

  • Colorado: 58.2%
  • Chaffee County: 44.6%
  • Salida: 57.3%
  • Buena Vista: 32.7%
  • Poncha Springs: 18%

Poncha Springs has a lower self-response rate because it’s in a hand-delivery area, and at least 24% of the BV population is in a hand-delivery area. The Census Bureau suspended field operations due to COVID-19, but plans to resume the hand-delivery process on June 13.

For residents who have yet to respond or receive a census packet, please complete the form at or by phone at (844) 330-2020. 

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