Complete Count Committee

Complete Count Committees are community-based programs affiliated with the U.S. Census Bureau designed to create awareness about the Census and motivate residents to participate.

Here in Indianapolis and Marion County, the Committee is focused broadly on community-wide participation but also laser-focused on places or populations that have historically been hard to count.

Committee members are volunteers and represent a diverse cross-section of the Indianapolis community.  Representatives come from local government, community based organizations, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, the media, and more.

Our Approach

An Umbrella Committee represents major civic partners and provides overall direction and community connections.

Tactical Committees mobilize strategic resources to support both the broad community campaign as well as to address the challenges identified by other committees.

  • Media
  • Faith
  • Arts & Culture
  • Education
  • Community Institutions

Population Committees are laser-focused on some of the hardest to count populations in Indianapolis.  They identify barriers and challenges in counting these neighbors and work with the other committees to develop strategies to overcome these barriers.

  • Low-Income
  • African American
  • Latinx & International
  • Renters

Committee Materials and Resources


Hard to Count Neighborhoods

The U.S. Census Bureau has developed a predictive model based on demographic (race and age, for example) and socioeconomic (income and language, for example) characteristics of neighborhoods.  It has found this model to accurately reflect the actual response rates of the 2010 Census.

About 23%, or nearly 213,000 residents, live in hard-to-count Indy neighborhoods.