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Census 2020 Volusia County Awareness Campaign

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Volusia Counts. Everybody Counts. 

During the 2010 Census, 74% of the county’s residents completed their forms. We can do better than that! It is critically important that we ensure a complete and accurate count of Volusia County’s population because millions of dollars in federal and state funding depend on our numbers.

Volusia County’s Complete Count Committee will launch a public awareness campaign to educate residents about the importance of completing their census questionnaires and to increase Volusia County’s response rate.

thumbs up photoThe campaign will target all residents, with a special focus on groups that traditionally have low response rates. These include people living below the poverty level, minorities, immigrants and migrant workers, renters, and people receiving supplemental income. Believe it or not, children are also an undercounted group; parents should make sure they include their children on their census forms.

Committee members will work closely with city representatives to ensure a consistent, coordinated message. Subcommittees will also reach out to businesses, community organizations, colleges and universities, faith-based organizations, housing, farmworkers and the agriculture community, senior citizens, and early learning groups.

The campaign will target all residents, with a special focus on groups that traditionally have low response rates. These include people living below the poverty level, minorities, immigrants and migrant workers, renters, and people receiving supplemental income. Believe it or not, children are also an undercounted group; parents should make sure they include their children on their census forms.

If you would like to serve on Volusia County's Complete Count Committee, please complete the application below:
Census Committee printable application [PDF]
Online Census Committee application

For more information about the Complete Count Committee, contact one of our co-chairs or staff liaisons Brian Rothwell at 386-736-5920, ext. 12717; or Pat Kuehn at 386-822-5062, ext. 12934.

Subcommittees

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

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!

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)
Frequently asked questions [PDF]
Census 101 [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]

Informational flyers (Spanish)
Preguntas frequentes [PDF]
Censo 101 [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

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Census job opportunities

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.

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Volusia County Complete Count Committee

Barbara Girtman
Barbara Girtman
Committee Co-chair
bgirtman@volusia.org
386-740-5224

Billie Wheeler
Billie Wheeler
Committee Co-chair
bwheeler@volusia.org
386-740-5224

Brian Rothwell
Staff Liaison
brothwell@volusia.org
386-736-5920, ext. 12717

Pat Kuehn
Staff Liaison pkuehn@volusia.org
386-822-5062, ext. 12934

Joanna Bryant Caplette
U.S. Census Bureau Liaison
Joanna.m.bryant.caplette
@2020Census.gov