What is a Census in the US?
The Census is a count of the population in all 50 States, the Disctrict of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of he Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
- The Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2.
- The Census happens every 10 years since 1790.
- The Census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
Why is the Census important to Florida and YOU?
Ensure your community gets its fair share of federal funds and representation in Congress
The census serves as the basis for distributing $675 billion in federal assistance for schools, hospitals, fire departments, roads, early education and health programs, and much more.
- It's important: The census results help determine where to build new schools, hospitals and businesses, how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities, and how seats in Congress each states gets.
- It's confidential: Your responses are protected by federal law, which ensures your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
- It's easy: In March 2020, homes across the country received invitations to complete the 2020 Census. For the first time ever, you will be able to respond online. Of course, if you prefer, you can also respond by phone or by mail. Visit www.my2020census.gov to learn more and to respond on behalf of your household. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete.