What is the 2020 Census?
As we look ahead, the next Census is coming in 2020. The decennial Census is a one-time count in one place that counts our population and households. This data provides the basis for how we are represented at the federal and state level and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support our community, county, and state.
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.
Why We Conduct this Count
The Census helps benefit our community by supporting community initiatives involving legislation, quality of life and consumer advocacy. It helps determine where to build factories, offices, and stores, all of which create jobs. Local government officials and non-profit agencies use census data to ensure public safety, health, plan new schools, hospitals, and build new infrastructure.
This City has initiated a Complete Count Committee to assist with the efforts of the Census Bureau in getting an accurate count for our community. The Complete Count Committee’s focus is to educate, encourage, and engage citizens to respond to the census survey. The Census 2020 survey will begin to hit our community in March of 2020.
Ways To Respond
There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
- By phone.
- By mail.
The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device.