Census 2020 is coming! Find out everything you need to know about this important event and how you can get involved!

What you need to know

Join a local Complete Count Committee

The best way to get involved in making sure we have an accurate and complete census is to join a Complete Count Committee in your area.

A CCC is comprised of a broad spectrum of government and community leaders from education, business, healthcare, and other community organizations. These trusted voices develop and implement a 2020 Census awareness campaign based upon their knowledge of the local community to encourage a response.

2020 Census Residence Criteria and Residence Situations

Residence is based on where you live and sleep most of the time, but for many groups this can get complicated, including college students, visitors, those in the military and other residence situations.  For a complete and full recap, click here.

For instance, people who travel seasonally between residences (e.g., snowbirds) will be counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time. If they cannot determine a place where they live most of the time, they will be counted where they are staying on Census Day (April 1, 2020).

For the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau has updated where we count people in five specific residence situations:

  • Overseas military and civilian employees of the U.S. government
  • Overseas federal employees who are not U.S. citizen
  • Maritime/Merchant Vessel Crews
  • Juveniles in Treatment Centers
  • Religious Group Quarters Residents
  • For more information on these residence situations, click here.

The 2020 Census will not change where prisoners, college students, and people in other residence situations are counted.

2020 Census Questionnaire and Confidentiality

Households will be able to respond to the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or through a paper questionnaire. This is a sample of the bilingual paper questionnaire that will be used during the 2020 Census. This version excludes some features that will be made available to households starting in March 2020, such as the URL for online response and the contact information for phone response.  Click here for the Questionnaire.

Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. For more information on security, click here.

Important Dates and Information

Key Census Dates

Impacts of Census Accuracy on Federal Funds Distribution to States and Local Areas. Click here for the GW Institute analysis. 

Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds. In FY2016, Florida received $44,193,384,025.00 through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. For more information, Click here.

Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.

Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker.

Click here for a Palm Beach Post Editorial on why the Census is critical for Florida.

Click here for Miami-Dade County outreach tools that can be used statewide.

Printable Outreach Materials and Information from Census.gov.To help partners effectively engage their communities, the U.S. Census Bureau offers materials about the 2020 Census that can be shared with the public (see example below)and provides resources that explain what partners can do to contribute.

Census 101, What you need to know

Census 2020 Handouts

 

Please refer back to THIS FOLDER to receive the most up-to-date informational handouts for the Census.

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