The US Census Bureau has launched the 2020 Census – a national effort to count every person living in the United States.
The first Census occurred in 1790, as mandated in Article One, Section Two of the Constitution of the United States. Times have changed since 1790 and this is the first decennial census that you will be able to complete online. You will receive an invitation in the mail in mid-March and you can choose how you would like to complete the information - online, by phone or by mail. The form will be in multiple languages, and translators will be available.
For about 20 minutes of your time, what do you get? Information to help:
• Forecasting future transportation needs
• Planning for hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and other health services
• Designing police and fire maps and response strategies
• Allocating representation in local, state and national government including reapportioning seats in the US House of Representatives
Ensuring that Texas has a complete count is vital to the quality of life Texans enjoy. If we miss even 1 percent of people living in Texas, we could be missing out on $300 million dollars of public funding per year. The Census Bureau estimates that in 2010 Texas had an undercount of 1%, costing us at least 1 billion dollars that could have been used throughout our state.
Your data is protected by federal law and can only be used to produce statistics. All Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect your personal information, and any violation comes with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up-to 5 years in prison.
Be sure to fill out your Census and encourage your family, neighbors and community to do the same.