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2020 Census: Go Ahead, We Can Take It

The 2020 Census and the United States Constitution
the roads to the capital, Tallahassee, Florida.

Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.

Every 10 years.  One of our most important United States documents, the United States Constitution, mandates that we do a “head count” every 10 years.  This helps us, the people, to have proper Congressional representation, by the numbers.  Here is a short 2020 Census video telling what the Census is.

The Census also lets us know where our tax dollars need to go.  Here’s a short list of some of what those 2020 Census numbers are for:

firefighters next to a pump-truck

firefighters prepare next to firetruck. UF/IFAS Photo: Tyler Jones.

  • schools– do we need more in this part of town or that?
  • school lunches
  • fire departments– are these in the right areas of town?
  • job creation
  • roads & highways
  • health clinics
  • services for the elderly
  • public services like Medicaid, Head Start, SNAP, and mental health services

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    Students and Tom Fasulo, a UF/IFAS entomologist, in a classroom Feb. 15, 2006. UF/IFAS photo.

In March, every address received a 2020 Census Form in the mail with instructions on how to fill out the Census form.  Here is a short 2020 Census video on the count.   You can file your 2020 Census form easily three ways:

  1. on-line,
  2. by phone, or
  3. by mailing in the form.

If no one from your address submits the form, a Census representative will contact you to help you fill out the form.  It’s very easy, just count every person living in your residence on April first, even temporarily.  This count gives us more funding for services needed in our growing community.   See how to take the 2020 US Census here.

For more information on what the 2020 Census is used for and how to take it please visit 2020census.gov.

Privacy

By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any information about you, your home, or your business, not even to law enforcement agencies.  They are not tracking you or your business.  Your data is safe.  Here is a short 2020 Census video about data safety.

What if I Don’t Fill Out My Census Form?

Indian River County loses hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding every year because of incorrect numbers from previous census.  Help our county, and the country, out by completing the census and making your answers count.

Click HERE to see where we stand in 2020 Census reporting in Florida and by Florida county, you can go to the United States Census 2020 website and see the statistics at: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.