2020 Census

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A new decade means a new census! The 2020 Census is here and it’s important that every person be counted. The U.S. Census Bureau has sent out information on how to complete the Census to households in every U.S. state and territory. There are three options for responding this year, including online, by mail, or by phone, making the 2020 Census the most technologically advanced one yet. Take the Census now at my2020census.gov.


About The Census

The Census is a nation-wide headcount of every person living in the United States. It is conducted every 10 years to ensure each state is fairly represented in government. Since 1790, the Census has determined how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives and it helps leaders determine the allocation of federal funds. Every household receives an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. In 2010, over 308 million people answered the questionnaire and were counted. Take the Census now at my2020census.gov.


Why It Matters

The Census is a cornerstone of our democracy. The responses collected from the Census determine how billions of dollars of federal funds will be allocated throughout the U.S. This is why it’s important for every person to be counted and not left out. This money goes towards our schools, hospitals, housing, roads, and assistance programs among many other things. Counting even the youngest in our families is crucial because it determines how much money will go to health insurance programs as they grow. The Census also determines the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives and it is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts for the next decade.


What has been Tampa's response?

The number of responses from Tampa residents can be viewed at Census Responses by Tracts.


2020 Census Questions

The 2020 Census includes questions about the individuals who live in your household, including their age, sex, race, and ethnicity, how everyone in the household is related, and whether the home is rented/owned. Responses are kept anonymous and are protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, they are only used to produce statistics and cannot be used against you by any government agency.


Take the 2020 Census at my2020census.gov


Stay safe and avoid being a victim of fraud and scam.

The Census Bureau will NOT send unsolicited emails requesting your participation

They will NOT ask for your:

  • Social Security number
  • Bank account or credit card numbers
  • Money or donations

If a census worker visits your home, verify that they have a valid ID badge that includes their photo, an expiration date, and a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark.

If you suspect fraud, report it at (800) 923-8282 to get in contact with a local Census Bureau representative.

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