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.
What to Expect in 2020
By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You will then have three options to respond: online, by phone or by mail. Census Day is April 1, 2020, with events across the country. This is a key date for the 2020 count: when completing the census, you will note where you are living on April 1. In May 2020, Census workers begin follow up with households that have not responded.
How the City of Grand Prairie is Involved
Coordinated by city staff, the city’s Complete Count Committee is made up of community leaders and volunteers who are helping to get the word out about the census and encouraging our residents to respond on April 1. The committee members have volunteered to give presentations, staff booths at events, reach out into the community and educate our residents about the census.
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
- Psychiatric facilities
- Correctional facilities
In early 2020, 95 percent of households will receive their census invitation in the mail. In areas where the majority of households may not receive mail at their home’s physical location, a census taker will drop off the questionnaire. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have yet to respond.
What to Expect in the Mail
When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone.
- Most areas of the country are likely to respond online, so most households will receive a letter asking you to go online to complete the census questionnaire.
- We plan on working with the U.S. Postal Service to stagger the delivery of these invitations over several days. This way we can spread out the number of users responding online, and we’ll be able to serve you better if you need help over the phone.
Letter Invitation and Paper Questionnaire
Areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire along with their invitation. The invitation will also include information about how to respond online or by phone.
|On or between||You’ll Receive|
|March 12–20||An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census.
(Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.)
|March 16–24||A reminder letter.|
|If you haven’t responded yet:|
|March 26–April 3||A reminder postcard.|
|April 8–16||A reminder letter and paper questionnaire.|
|April 20–27||A final reminder postcard before we follow up in person.|
Starting in 2019, you may begin to notice census takers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of the 2020 Census preparation and data collection process. You might see census takers in your neighborhood for a few different reasons:
- They are verifying addresses in preparation for the census
- They are collecting responses to the census or another survey
- They are dropping off census materials
- They are conducting quality checks on the census
Census takers who verify addresses are called address canvassers. They help ensure an accurate and complete count by verifying address lists across a wide area of physical geography, housing structures, and residence types.
Census takers will begin visiting homes in May 2020 to collect responses from those who did not respond online, by phone, or by mail.
If you are visited by someone from the U.S. Census Bureau, here are some tips to assure the validity of the field representative:
- Census takers must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
- Note that census workers may be carrying a Census Bureau phone or a laptop as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.
- If you still have questions, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
The best way to avoid being visited at home is to fill out your 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Households will receive an invitation to begin participating in the census by April 1, 2020.
This is the first time ever that you'll be able to respond to the census online!
Phishing is the criminal act of trying to get your information by pretending to be an entity that you trust. Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake—and that may be infected with malware.
To help protect yourself from phishing and other scams, please remember that the U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Your Social Security number.
- Your bank account or credit card numbers.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. In fact, every employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life.
The Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your household, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you.
For more information, visit https://2020census.gov
El censo es un conteo de cada persona que vive en los Estados Unidos y sus territorios. Sucede cada 10 años. En 2020, se le pedirá que cuente a todas las personas que viven en su hogar a partir del 1 de abril.
Grand Prairie se beneficia cuando responde al censo. Sus respuestas ayudan a la ciudad a obtener una parte justa de los más de $ 675 mil millones por año en fondos federales gastados en escuelas, carreteras, obras públicas y otros programas vitales.
Sus respuestas al Censo 2020 son seguras y protegidas por la ley federal. Sus respuestas solo pueden usarse para producir estadísticas. No pueden ser utilizados en su contra por ninguna agencia gubernamental o tribunal de ninguna manera, ni por el FBI, ni por la CIA, ni por el DHS, ni por ICE.
Obtenga más información sobre cómo puede responder al censo y las preguntas importantes que se le harán: Folleto de información del Censo 2020