The U.S. Census counts everyone in the United States every 10 Years since 1790. The information the census collects helps determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year. Funds are vital to economic growth in all communities, including your neighborhood.
Why does it matter?
Confidential data from the 2020 Census will determine how federal funding for schools, roads, healthcare, and other public services, is divided among communities across the United States. It is estimated that an undercount of as little as 1% in 2020 could result in a loss of funding of at least $1,161 per Texas resident.
Census results are also used to redraw congressional and state legislative district boundaries and determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. By current estimates, Texas could gain 3 - 4 seats in Congress after the 2020 Census.
How do I take the 2020 Census?
There are four ways to complete the 2020 Census. For the first time in history, the Census can be completed online.
1. Online at 2020census.gov beginning March 23. It’s safe, secure, and confidential. The Census can be taken online in 13 languages using the unique Census ID included in your mailing.
2. Over the phone. Census enumerators can take your information question by question in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole.
3. By mail. Check your mail for the Census invitation March 12 - 20. The Census will be mailed in English and Spanish.
4. In-person interview Census enumerators will visit residences that choose not to self respond.