Count Me In: United States 2020 Census

Count Me In: United States 2020 Census
Posted on 01/13/2020
Count Me In: United States 2020 Census

For the 24th time in our nation's history, a complete and accurate count of our population will take place. Census data determines how more than $675 billion in federal funds are spent supporting state, county and community programs. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. (Watch: How Will 2020 Census Data be Used?)

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. For the School District of Palm Beach County specifically, this count impacts the federal funds that we receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more.

Census Day is observed nationwide on April 1, 2020. In March, every home will receive an invitation to respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. 2020 marks the first time that you will be able to take the census online. (Watch: How Do I Take the 2020 Census)

The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Did you know?: The first census in American history was held in 1790. With 13 states and 3.9 million people, the first census asked just six questions, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (Watch: What is the Census?)

Your help matters: Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone's help, and there are many ways for individuals, businesses,community organizations, and others to play a part in the process.

The School District of Palm Beach County