The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.
The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
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The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
Census data is used to distribute more than $675 billion per year for 10 years in federal and state funding for health and human service programs that help local families and individuals in need, including seniors and young people.
An undercount in the 2010 Census cost Broward County approximately $21.1 million per year,
$210,970,000 over the last decade. According to the US Census Bureau, 14,600 residents were not counted. Unfortunately, in 2010, some Broward County communities who needed help the most, had the fewest number of people participate.
Businesses depend upon Census data to make decisions about where to locate, hire and invest.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Florida gained two congressional seats as a result of the 2010 Census. Undercounting results in under-representation.
Each home received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.
The quickest and easiest way is online! @ my2020census.gov Online is the easiest way to complete your Census. It’s safe and secure.
In addition to online, you can also respond to the Census by phone @ 844-330-2020 or to request a paper form to mail back.
Census forms are available in many languages. Be sure to fill out your Census form completely!
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.
Your privacy matters.
Every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.
When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
Don’t be afraid to be counted, even if you are not a legal citizen of the U.S. No court or law enforcement agency – not even the President of the United States – can access your individual responses, which under Title 13 remain confidential for 72 years.
Census workers are subject to a $250,000 fine and/or a five-year sentence for disclosing any information that could identify an individual respondent or household.
We’re adapting or delaying some of our operations to protect the health and safety of our staff and the public and make sure we get the same population counted another way.
Status of Current OperationsSelf-Response Phase
The public is strongly encouraged to respond online. (Options for responding by phone or mail are also available.)
The table on the link below summarizes the adjustments to operations. https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/operational-adjustments-covid-19.html