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Census 2020 Volusia County Awareness Campaign

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Didn't complete your census form yet?

> Expect a knock on your door.  

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Census takers are visiting thousands of households in Volusia County that haven't responded to the 2020 Census.

Don't want a knock on your door? If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to visit your home to collect your response. You can complete your form by:

It will only take about 10 minutes, and you don't need a code to respond online or by phone. Make sure you include everyone in your household, including children and roommates. Your responses will help ensure that your community will receive its fair share of funding for the next 10 years.

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What to expect if a census taker visits you

Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted.

They will wear face masks and follow local health guidelines when they visit you. All census takers complete COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols. They will never ask to enter your home, and they will not ask for money.

How can you verify that someone is a census taker?

alt textMake sure they have an ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry a bag with the Census Bureau logo.

If you still have questions about their identity, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
 

Self-response rates for Volusia County

So far, 65% of Volusia County residents have completed their census forms. Our self-response rates exceed those for the United States and Florida. But we can do better!

women giving thumbs upEncouraging 100% participation

Historically, hard-to-count populations have included immigrants, minorities, young children, college students, renters and low-income families, particularly in diverse areas like Volusia County.

That’s why local leaders and nonprofit organizations are banding together to promote complete participation in the census and count every Volusia County resident.

Volusia County Government has formed a Complete Count Committee that is led by County Council Members Barbara Girtman and Billie Wheeler. The committee includes all 16 municipalities, Volusia County Schools, the Farmworker Association of Florida, colleges and universities, local chambers, the faith-based community, the United Way and other social service agencies.

We’re counting on you!

Volusia County residents will play a crucial role in census outreach. You have personal relationships and a deep understanding of the community you live in. You also see firsthand the effects of underfunding for social services and public programs.

Complete your form and encourage your friends and neighbors to participate in the 2020 Census too.

For more information

To contact the local Census Bureau, call the Lake Mary office at 407-871-5100.

For more information about the Complete Count Committee and local efforts to spread census awareness, contact one of our co-chairs or staff liaisons Brian Rothwell at brothwell@volusia.org or 386-736-5920, ext. 12717; or Pat Kuehn at pkuehn@volusia.org or 386-822-5062, ext. 12934.

Complete Count Committee

Community partners


Census 101: What is the census, and why is it important?

Graphic depicting the censusOnce a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities. These funds affect vital programs – including housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

The census counts everyone, regardless of citizenship.

  • Everyone counts. The census counts every person living in the United States once, and only once, and in the right place. Anyone who lives in Volusia County more than six months a year must be counted in Volusia County; this applies to college students, snowbirds and other part-time residents.

  • Your information is confidential.  Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your information with immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies.

  • It’s about redistricting. After each census, state officials use the results to redraw the boundaries of their congressional and state legislative districts, adapting to population shifts.

  • It’s about fair representation. Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. In 2010, Florida picked up two new house seats!

In mid-March, every household in the United States will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. There will be a unique code on the postcard, and you must use this code to complete your questionnaire. This year, you can respond online or by phone. If you do not respond by April 1, the U.S. Census Bureau will send you a paper form. If you still don’t respond, a census taker will knock on your door.

Spanish-language video (21 seconds)

Sample 2020 questionnaire

2010 Census participation rates [PDF]
 

How the census benefits Volusia County residents

blue shape of county mapFederal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Our community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in our community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:

  • Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

  • Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.

  • Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals. 

  • Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.

Informational flyers (English)
Make sure you count [PDF]
Count everyone in your household [PDF]
College students [PDF]
Schools [PDF]
How the Census will invite everyone to participate [PDF]
The 2020 Census and confidentiality [PDF]
Fact sheet for people with disabilities [PDF]

Informational flyers (Spanish)
¡Asegúrate de contarte! [PDF]
El Censo cuenta cada persona [PDF]
Cómo el Censo del 2020 invitará a todos a responder​ [PDF]
El Censo del 2020 y la Confidencialidad [PDF]


News releases

Didn't complete your census form? Do it now! (Aug. 31, 2020)
Census takers will hit the streets in August (July 24, 2020)
It's not to late to complete your census form! (June 10, 2020)
Census bureau releases timeline (Feb. 14, 2020)
Census Bureau ramps up hiring efforts (Jan. 7, 2020)
Speakers available for census presentations (Dec. 13, 2019)
Census Bureau completes address canvassing (Oct. 29, 2019)
Republican ‘census’ form is not the U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire (Oct. 3, 2019)
Countywide committee kicks off census awareness campaign (Sept. 6, 2019)
Census Bureau begins address canvassing (Aug. 26, 2019)
Local census campaign seeks volunteers (Aug. 1, 2019)

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