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2020 Census

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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
  • Shelters
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Correctional facilities
When Can I Respond to the Census?
Census Takers in My Neighborhood
How Can I Verify the Identity of a Census Worker?
How Can I Avoid Being Visited at Home by Census Workers?
Avoiding Scams
What Will I be Asked?
What Won’t be Asked?
Our Legal Duty to Protect Your Information
Census Brochures
Censo 2020 - Cómo Participar