Are You Up for the Challenge? #CensusCountChallenge
The City wants to be sure that everyone in Boca Raton gets counted in the 2020 Census. Your responses to this once-a-decade population count means more opportunities for you, your family, your friends and neighbors for the next 10 years.
The City wants to beat its 2010 Census response rate of 65% this year. We’re counting on all our residents to respond to the census online, by phone, or by mail right away. The City will track the completion progress via the interactive Self-Response Rate map. To see how your neighborhood is responding, view the weekly self-response rates for individual census tracts and neighborhoods.
Join us to shape the future of our community by responding to the 2020 Census at my2020census.gov.
Are you up for the challenge?
Census 2020: It Matters to Boca Raton
The United States Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency. They provide current facts and figures about America’s people, places and economy.
One of their statistical programs is the Decennial Census, generally known as the U.S. Census. It’s the once-a-decade population and housing count of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. It counts each resident of the country and where they live. It is also mandated by the Constitution.
Why is this important for our city?
What matters the most to you? Schools? Transportation? Hospitals? Infrastructure?
When you respond to the 2020 Census, you help your community get its fair share of nearly $700 billion annually in federal funds. This money is spent on public resources that are important to you such as schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. The amount of federal funds, grants and support to Boca Raton are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors.
Additionally, the Census count determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries. It also helps academic institutions, medical facilities and businesses of all sizes to help make future decisions, such as where to open new places to shop.
How do I respond to the 2020 Census?
Every home should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census prior to April 1, 2020. One person should respond to the Census for each person either online, by phone or by mail. That person must be at least 15 years old, should live in the home or place of residence themselves and know general information about each person living there.
If you misplaced your invitation that contains your Census ID number, visit my2020census.gov, click on "Start Questionnaire" and select "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." Learn more about responding to the Census.
Timeline & Important Dates
- January – March 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 39 area census offices. These offices open early to support Address Canvassing.
- June – September 2019: The Census Bureau opens the remaining 209 area census offices. The offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
- August 2019: The Census Bureau conducts in-field address canvassing. Census takers visit areas that have added or lost housing in recent years to ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is up to date.
- January 2020: Advertising begins.
- April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Residents will have three options for responding: online, by mail, or by phone.
- April 2020: Census takers begin following up with households around selected colleges and universities. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews.
- May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.
- June - July 2020 - Census takers usually go door to door to count people who have not responded to the 2020 Census. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations and are currently operating in their offices only. When field operations resume, it will be based on county and local restrictions as they exist.
- December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president.
What’s happening in our community?
Starting in 2019, you may have noticed census takers in your neighborhood. However, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to protect the health and safety of the public and Census Bureau employees. Census workers are implementing safety guidelines from Federal, State, and local authorities regarding COVID-19 and currently operating in their offices only. When field operations resume, it will be based on county and local restrictions as they exist. For more information regarding COVID-19 and the 2020 Census, visit their website.
Protecting Yourself and Your Identity
By law, the information gathered by the Census cannot be shared with law enforcement, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the Internal Revenue Service. Title 13 is clear that the data collected can only be used for statistical purposes and your privacy is protected.
Census workers are subject to $250,000 fine and/or five-year sentence for disclosing any information that could identify an individual or household
Avoiding Scams Online
Phishing is a criminal act in which someone tries 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 may be infected with malware.
A key way to identify scam websites is to look at the website address. All valid Census Bureau websites will always have ".gov" at the end. 2020census.gov provides key information about the 2020 Census and how to respond. My2020census.gov is the direct website address you can use to respond to the 2020 Census online. 2020census.gov will also direct you to my2020census.gov to respond.
Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Your Social Security number.
- Your bank account or credit card numbers.
- Anything on behalf of a political party.
- Money or donations.
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.
Census Bureau Communications
The Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. However, the Census Bureau may contact you via email to request your participation in other ongoing surveys:
- If you have been selected to participate in the Household Pulse Survey, you will be contacted by COVID.email@example.com or by text message from 39242.
- If you have been selected to participate in the Small Business Pulse Survey, you will be contacted by firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have previously opted in to participate in Census Bureau research studies, you may contacted by email@example.com.
If you’re not sure if the communication you received is legitimate, Contact Us.
Staying Safe at Home
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
- First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
- If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.