2020 U.S. Census Hollywood

What Is 2020 Census?

The United States Constitution requires that every 10 years a count, or census, is taken of America’s population. Census Day is April 1st 2020.  Even though that day has come and gone, you can still fill out the the 2020 Census.

Why Conduct A Census?

  • The census count provides vital information about you and your community. 
  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress.
  • Is used to redraw district boundaries.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services. 
  • Businesses use census data to determine where to open or build new homes and buildings. 
  • Each year the federal government distributes more than $675 billion dollars for hospitals, schools, fire departments, roads, housing programs, emergencies and natural disasters based on Census Bureau data.

How Is The Census Be Taken?

The United States Census Bureau is the federal government’s agency dedicated to providing current facts and figures about American’s people, places, and economy. The Census Bureau is using technology to make it easier than ever before to respond to the census. Nearly every household has received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census with three options to respond - online, by phone, or by mail. Residents are required by law to participate in the 2020 Census. The operational timeline has been adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the new timeline below.  

  • Self-Response Phase: March 12 - October 31. The public is strongly encouraged to respond via the online method.
  • Update Leave: Beginning May 4. Census takers will drop off invitations at the front doors of 5 million households. These households can respond online now—even without their invitation—by providing their address.
  • Mobile Questionnaire Assistance: Needs further review and coordination with outside partners and stakeholders. Census Bureau staff will assist people with responding online at places such as grocery stores and community centers.
  • Nonresponse Followup (NRFU): August 11 - October 31. Census takers will follow up with households that haven’t responded.
  • Appointment counts will be sent to the President of the United States by April 30, 2021. 
  • Redistricting counts will be sent to the states by July 31, 2021.

The invitation to participate in 2020 Census has come from either a postal worker or a census worker with 95% of households receiving their census invitation by mail. 5% of households will receive their invitation when a census taker drops it off and less than 1% of households will be counted in-person by a census taker. 

What Questions Will I Be Asked?

  • The names of everyone in the household
  • Your phone number
  • If you own or rent
  • The number of people living or staying
  • Sex
  • Age and date of birth
  • Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin
  • Race
  • Relationship of each person in the household

What Is The Goal of the Census?

  • To collect an accurate count of the number of people at each address on April 1, 2020.
  • To count people only once according to where they live on April 1, 2020.

You Are Protected By Federal Law

  • Federal law protects your census responses, your information will be kept confidential and safe. 
  • Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. 
  • By law, the bureau cannot share your information with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.
  • Your information cannot be publicly released so your answers could identify you.
  • Automation of field operations will ensure information is kept confidential and safe. 

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Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census

An estimated 5% of kids under the age of 5 were not counted in the 2010 Census. That  represents about 1 million young children, the highest of any age group. We need everyone's help in closing the gap in the 2020 Census. See the chart below for common situations where young children are not counted and how you can help.

Common Situation How You Can Help
The child splits time between two homes, lives or stays with other relatives. If the child truly spends equal amounts of time between two homes, count them where they stayed on April 1, 2020. If it is not clear where the child lives or sleeps most of the time, count them where they stayed on April 1, 2020.
The child lives in a lower income household. Families that respond help to determine local funding for programs such as SNAP, the National School Lunch Program and CHIP. When children are not included in the Census, these programs miss out on funding.
Child lives in a household with young parents or a young single mom. Responding to the Census only takes about 10 minutes to fill out and can be done online or over the phone, in addition to mailing. Moms with young children can have other household members count them and their children on the form they are filling out. 
Child is a newborn A newborn baby should be included on the Census, even if they are still in the hospital on April 1, 2020. 
Child lives in a household that is multi-generational, or includes extended or multiple families.  Count all children, including non-relatives and children with no other place to live, even if they are only living at the address temporarily on April 1, 2020. The Census counts all people living or staying at an address, not just the person or family who owns or rents the property.  
The child lives in a household that rents or recently moved. Renters and recent movers should complete their Census online or over the phone to avoid paper forms from getting lost in the move.
The child lives in a household where they are not supposed to be living.  For those who have a child living in a place where they are not allowed (for example a seniors-only residence) they should include the child when filling out the Census form. This information will not be used against you.  
The child lives in a non-English or limited-English speaking household. Non-English speakers should respond to the Census. Online forms and telephone lines are available in 13 langues. Language guides will be available in 59 languages other than English.
The child lives in a household of recent immigrants or foreign-born adults. Include the child when filling out the Census form. The Census Bureau's legal commitment is to keep Census responses confidential. The Bureau will never share information with immigration enforcement agencies and Customs Enforcement, law enforcement agencies like the police or the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

2020 Census Jobs Available 

The United States Census Bureau has thousands of jobs available to assist with the 2020 Census count. 2020 Census jobs provide a nice paycheck, flexible hours, weekly pay, and paid training. Various positions are available and provide the ideal opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. 

Applicants should be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, be a U.S. citizen, and have a valid email address. If offered a job, you must pass a criminal background check To apply, visit 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

Census History

Thomas Jefferson directed the first decennial census in 1790. As required by the U.S. Constitution, a census has been taken every ten years thereafter. In 1840, the Census Act authorized the establishment of a centralized Census Office. In 1902, the Census Office because a permanent organization within the Department of the Interior. A year later, it was renamed the Bureau of the Census and moved to the new Department of Commerce and Labor.