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Census Bureau to Deliver Questionnaires in Texas

The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Texas in the week of June 1. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temporary field staff have been trained to observe all social distancing protocols and will wear official government-provided personal protective equipment for their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is contactless and follows the most current federal health and safety guidelines. 

The health and safety of Census Bureau staff and the public is always a top priority. 

People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the questionnaire packet. Responding with a census ID or the paper questionnaire helps ensure the best count of their community. People can respond online, by phone or by using the paper form in the packet. 

For more information, please visit the 2020 Census COVID-19 operational adjustments page.

Why It Matters

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. census counts every resident in the United States. The data collected by the census determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

Grand Prairie benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your city get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

Count Yourself in the Right Place

Children: Count any children who usually live and sleep at your home, even if they are not your own. If they split time evenly between two households, count them where they are on April 1, 2020.

Renters: Count yourself where you live. Even if you don’t own the home, you need to participate.

Recent Move: Count yourself at your new address if you moved in by April 1, 2020.

College Student: If you don’t live in a dorm, count yourself at your off campus address, even if you go to your parents’ home for school breaks.

Military: If you don’t live in military barracks, and you aren’t deployed or stationed outside the United States, count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time, whether on or off base.

Group Facilities: For people in the following living situations on April 1, 2020, Census Bureau employees will work with a representative from your building to ensure you are counted. They may or may not ask you to complete an individual census form.

  • College dorms
  • Military barracks
  • Shelters
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Correctional facilities
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