In March 2020, Volusia County residents will have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to unlock millions of dollars in federal funds that can address our area’s most pressing needs.
That opportunity is the 2020 Census.
Every 10 years, the U.S. government conducts a count of the entire population to determine how Congressional representation will be apportioned and how much funding to allocate for more than 130 federal programs.
That means that when you respond to the census, you are helping Volusia County get its fair share of federal funds that go toward our schools, hospitals, roads and other vital programs.
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.
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 by April 1 and encourage your friends and neighbors to participate in the 2020 Census too.
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 email@example.com or 386-736-5920, ext. 12717; or Pat Kuehn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-822-5062, ext. 12934.
Once 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)
Federal 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]
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]
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)
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff.
To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.
For more information, visit https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.