With the 2020 Census rapidly approaching, counties need to begin preparing now. It is crucial that counties take an active role in the process in order to ensure that their community provides accurate data.

 

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone.

 

Academic institutions, medical facilities, businesses, and government rely on census data to inform their decision making and planning. Though only a few basic questions are asked in the census, the population counts and demographic data that it produces serve as a benchmark for most current statistics - all of which help gain deeper insights into every community.

 

 The primary constitutional purpose for the census is to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state for the next decade and to ensure equal representation in the redistricting process. Congressional districts and the boundaries of every county and city ward are determined by census numbers.

 

Orlando Sentinel
Central Florida has been shortchanged by the federal government for decades because past census surveys undercounted people living here, elected leaders said Wednesday in a plea to boost participation and collect a more accurate tally of Sunshine State residents next year. Read more. 

 

Florida Politics
In recent months, the Donald Trump administration’s attempts to include a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census have irked Florida Democrats, who fear such an inquiry could lead to an undercount of the state’s population. Read more. 

 

Miami Herald
The 2020 census is likely to significantly under count Florida’s residents, a problem with roots beyond the proposed citizenship question. The Trump administration has spent less on preparation and outreach, and some of the innovations promised to increase efficiency remain undertested or unready for wide-scale use, a new report says. That’s a worrying for all Floridians, no matter your political leanings. Read more. 

   

Utilize the Hard to Count (HTC) Map to prioritize hard-to-count communities for your Get Out the Count campaign and do so much more! Click here to view the Hard to Count Map.

 

This toolkit provides local leaders with resources to help increase response rates to the Census, create public advertising campaigns, access “hard to count” communities and respond to constituent inquiries. Click here to download the toolkit.