The 2020 U.S. Census is underway. Did you know the data collected from the Census has a direct impact on your pocketbook, your quality of life and your representation in all levels of government?
Surfside NEEDS you to be counted. Complete the 2020 Census survey today!
WHAT IS THE CENSUS?
The U.S. Census takes place every 10 years and counts every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. EVERYONE is required to take it! The Census determines congressional representation, informs hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provides essential data that will impact communities including Surfside for the next decade. It helps guide how federal funding is distributed for disaster response, schools, roads and other public services in local communities. Many business owners rely on Census data to make decisions such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories or offices, as well as where to recruit employees and which products and services to offer.
Mandated by the U.S. Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Census is essentially a snapshot of the United States. It’s important! Learn about five BIG reasons why you should fill out your Census form TODAY!
ARE CENSUS RESPONSES CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes, responses are confidential. Under current federal law, the bureau cannot share census responses identifying individuals with the public or other federal agencies, including immigration authorities and other law enforcement, until 72 years after the information is collected.
WHAT IF I AM NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
Even if you are undocumented, do not know your immigration status or are here as a foreign worker or student, it is important for you to fill out the Census. The Census determines political representation and how much money your community receives for critical public services that benefit everyone, regardless of their immigration status. Your friends and neighbors are counting on you to be counted.
The Census does not ask about immigration status. There is no citizenship question. And again, Census responses are confidential and cannot be shared with public agencies or federal agencies, including immigration authorities and other law enforcement, until 72 years after they are collected.
Read more from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
HOW TO TAKE THE 2020 CENSUS
In March, every home should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. There are three options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail. Households should have received official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.
To date, 60.9% of American households have completed the Census. And according to a Census tracker, only 40% of Surfside residents have responded to the Census, which is low. Census workers will be knocking on the doors of those who do not respond. More information can be found here: United States 2020 Census – Ways to Respond
WHAT WILL BE ASKED?
Questions in the 2020 Census will center on household size, family relations of persons living in your home, age information, ethnicity information, etc. For a sample of questions that will be included, please refer to: United States 2020 Census – Questions Asked
Be counted! For further information on the U.S. 2020 Census, please refer to: United States 2020 Census