Countdown to the 2020 Census has begun! Plans are underway for awareness, education, and outreach efforts leading up to the 2020 Census to support a complete and accurate population count.
Census Day 2019. One year out from Census Day 2020 (April 1, 2020) the U.S. Census Bureau will host a 2020 Census news conference on April 1, 2019. Officials from the Census Bureau will brief the public and media on the status of operations and what the public can do to help ensure a complete and accurate count in their community. In addition, the Census Bureau will unveil the 2020 Census communications campaign tagline. Members of the public and the media are invited to watch the live webcast on April 1 at 11:00 a.m. Census Day Webcast
For the first time in the history of the census, residents can choose to respond to the census online, by telephone, or by mail. Beginning in March 2020, residents will be invited to self-respond to the census using one of these options. Non-response follow-up will begin in mid-April 2020.
The nation’s founder fathers believed that a census of the population was so important that it became a part of the U.S. Constitution. Article 1, Section 2, of the Constitution mandates a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the island areas of the United States. The census ensures that each community attains the right number of representatives in government. The U.S. Census Bureau must submit state population from the 2020 Census to the President of the United States by December 31, 2020.
Another important reason for the census is that population numbers from the census determines allocation of billions of dollars in federal funds supporting states, counties, and communities with vital assistance for activities and programs such as neighborhood improvements, public health, housing assistance, education, and transportation. Census data will also determine, based on population, representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and for redistricting state and local legislative districts.
The U.S. Census Bureau is working to fill thousands of positions nationwide for the 2020 Census. Applicants can qualify for both field and office positions. Applying for one of the jobs is simple, just visit Census Jobs or telephone 855-JOB-2020 and select option 3 for more information.
While Seminole County will respond to the census in 2020, crucial milestones that prepare the Census Bureau to count everyone in the nation are happening now. Over the next year, the Census Bureau will be recruiting thousands of workers; supporting the formation of state, local, and tribal Complete Count Committees; preparing an accurate address list; and continuing to roll out the integrated partnership and communication campaign.
For more information on the 2020 Census, please visit the Census Bureau Website. In addition, please visit the Seminole County Website for breaking news and other important information regarding the County’s ongoing preparation toward the mission of ensuring an accurate and complete population count in Seminole County and an exceptional response rate to the 2020 Decennial Census.