Census Extended to october 5th, 2020!

April 1st across the United States was Census Day. And by the Chair's March 10, proclamation, that everyone in the County take a minute today, to complete their household the Census. The Census helps us determine representation in the US Congress as well our fair share of resources for critical community needs like health care, emergency response, school lunch programs, housing benefits, and basic infrastructure support.

It is no April Fool's joke, our community collectively lost an estimated $390 million in funding over the last decade because of an undercount of citizens in the 2010 census.

As of September 29, Alachua County has surpassed it’s 2010 self-response rate and is at 65.8%. Let’s not stop there! Four in ten households still haven’t participated. Our community goal is to be at least 80%. Alachua County can't get there without your help.

So please, if you have not already done so, count everyone that resides in your home today.

Completing the census is fast and easy with a variety of options:

If none of those options are available to you today, please keep an eye open for the paper form to arrive soon by mail and complete it ASAP.

We’re all working together to get through the pandemic.

Part of our recovery effort and future funding opportunities for Alachua County will depend upon the Federal Government knowing exactly how many people reside in Alachua County.

Please continue to do your part, help our community, and make sure everyone is counted.

Remember, we are Counting On You!

Your Answers Matter

One of the most powerful things you can do for your community is to participate in the Census. Your participation helps ensure your community receives the funding it deserves for important services and programs. An accurate and complete 2020 Census count is vital to Alachua County, as Census data is used to determine how more than $675 billion in federal government resources will be distributed each year for the next decade to states and localities.


Key Dates for Census 2020

Don’t Miss Your Once-a-Decade Chance!

US Census enumerators are out knocking on our doors! Don’t wait for them to come by to fill out your census. If you can, please respond on your own. Every response matters! Census data informs funding for health care, public transportation, schools, and job assistance programs. Over the next decade, lawmakers and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions about community services in your area. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. Remember, you only have till October 5th, to complete your census. Your community’s future will be shaped by your census response.The time is now—don’t risk losing these critical benefits and don’t wait to be counted! Respond today at 2020census.gov.
We’re Counting on You!

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Frequently asked questions about the 2020 Census.

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Everyone! Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census counts all people who reside in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. University students must fill out the Census in Alachua County, not their parent’s residence.

The United States Census is a national population count that occurs every ten years.

Online, by telephone, or via mail! This is the first Census to go digital, so you can fill out your household survey on your home computer or on your smart device.

Starting in March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will mail letters to every household in the United States inviting all to respond to the Census survey. Every household should receive a letter requesting that they complete a census survey online, by mail, or phone by Census Day on April 1, 2020. Census day has been extended to October 5, 2020.

The data collected from the Census is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly. The Census data determines how many congressional seats a state receives; how much federal funding will be allocated to local communities for public services and infrastructure needs; and provides a picture of the changing demographics of the country.

The Census survey will ask your name, sex, age, date of birth, race/ethnicity, as well as those details for everyone in your household. For more information on what you will be asked on the Census visit https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html.

A household consists of all the people who occupy a housing unit, both related family members and all the unrelated people, if any, such as lodgers, foster children, wards, or employees who share the housing. For more information on who to count on your Census form visit https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html.

Census 2020 Covid-19 Response

We're Hiring

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to assist with the 2020 Census. Join us and help shape the future of your community.

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