Invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will be delivered to mailboxes nationwide between March 12 through 20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. For the first time, the survey can be completed online or over the phone in 13 languages.
Census data will impact communities for the next decade, determining congressional representation and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are spent in support of your state and county.
The data collected is used to plan new roads, emergency services, and bring new businesses and residences to the area.
The results will also decide how funds are assigned to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
Communities also rely on census statistics to plan for public schools, childcare, early intervention services for children with special needs, housing support, and much more.
The census will also be valuable to businesses, providing data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.
Business owners rely on this information to make decisions, like where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.
“This census affects your everyday life,” said John Boswell, Director of Economic Development for the City of Corsicana and Navarro County. “It affects everything we do in every way and it's important to really get a good count.”
During the last Census, it's believed Navarro County's count did not reflect its population accurately, which ultimately affects economic development and qualification for state funds and community services.
According to Boswell, being undercounted by even 1% in 2020 could result in a $300 million loss in federal funding for Texas.
Comparing the percentage of growth throughout the city and within the Corsicana school district prior to and during the last census hints at a larger population than recorded by 2010's census.
In preparation for the 2020 Census, officials hope residents will embrace the challenge to provide the most accurate count of Corsicana and Navarro County yet.
Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five United States territories including Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.
It's important to remember that federal law protects your census responses and your answers can only be used to produce statistics.
By law, the United States Census Bureau is prohibited from sharing your information with immigration and law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.
If the survey is completed online or returned by mail by the April deadline, census takers will not come to your door.
Census takers will begin follow up visits in mid-April, continuing through the summer. The final count will be delivered to the president on Dec. 31, 2020.
On the net:
The 2020 Census will ask:
How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020. This will help count the entire U.S. population and ensure that people are counted according to where they live on Census Day.
Whether the home is owned or rented. This will help produce statistics about homeownership and renting. The rates of homeownership serve as one indicator of the nation's economy. They also help in administering housing programs and informing planning decisions.
About the sex of each person in your home. This allows the U.S. Census Bureau to create statistics about males and females, which can be used in planning and funding government programs. This data can also be used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination.
About the age of each person in your home. The Census Bureau creates statistics to better understand the size and characteristics of different age groups. Agencies use this data to plan and fund government programs that support specific age groups, including children and older adults.
About the race of each person in your home. This allows us to create statistics about race and to provide other statistics by racial groups. This data helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. These responses help create statistics about this ethnic group. This is needed by federal agencies to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.
About the relationship of each person in your home. This allows the Census Bureau to create estimates about families, households, and other groups. Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that support families, including people raising children alone.