2020 Census: What is the Census?

EDINBURG, TX- The United States Constitution requires that a census of America’s population be taken every ten years as mandated by Article I, Section 2. The goal of the 2020 Census is to ensure that every resident in the United States is counted. The U.S. Constitution mandates an apportionment of representatives among the states for the House of Representatives every 10 years. CENSUS DAY is April 1, 2020.

The data collected by the decennial census is used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau must deliver a report of population counts to the President of the United States on or before December 31, 2020.

In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape your community’s future. Through your social media channels, your voice can make a difference!

You can inspire others. Tell everyone—your friends and family, neighbors and co-workers—that you will complete the census, and that they should respond now, too! Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more.

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