U.S. 2020 Census
Your voice matters! Participating in the U.S. Census helps ensure funding for many essential programs such as the hospitals and fire departments in your community. The results will also inform how much federal funding is allocated to more than 100 programs, including:
- Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Block grants for community mental health services
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
DID YOU KNOW?
Florida had the third-largest number of omissions in the 2010 Census, omitting 1.4 million people. For each Florida resident who was not counted, the state loses $1,445 per year or $14,445 over ten years. Overall, Florida lost more than $20 billion in federal funding between 2010 and 2020 because of omissions in the 2010 Census. Florida could have used these federal funds for economic development, transportation, infrastructure, and education, to name a few.
In 2010, five of the 20 US counties with the highest omissions were in Florida: Orange, Hillsborough, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. Only 64.1 % of Hillsborough county residents responded to the 2010 Census.
The 2020 US Census will help shape your community for the next decade. It’s important to spread the word and make sure your fellow community members are completing the 2020 Census.
In March 2020, households received official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census by phone, online, or by mail. It has never been easier as this is the first time the Census has been offered online.
April 1: This is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. We use this day to determine who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. When you respond, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond before or after that date. We encourage you to respond as soon as you can.
Mid-April: The Census Bureau mailed paper questionnaires to homes that had not yet responded online or by phone.
July 1 - September 3: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.
August 11 – October 31: Census takers will interview homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.