The next Census Day - April 1, 2020 - will be here before you know it! Here’s an overview of this important nationwide effort - and what it means to Sunrise.
The Census is Historic
Once every 10 years, the non-partisan U.S. Census Bureau conducts a count of every person living in the United States and their basic data. Our nation’s founders believed this information to be so important that they mandated the census in the U.S. Constitution!
The next scheduled Census Day is April 1, 2020, and for the very first time, responses can be submitted online, by phone, or by mail. Your answers help determine how federal funds get allocated to our State and City as well as how you're represented in Congress over the next 10 years.
It's very important that everyone counts in Sunrise.
The Census is Confidential and Secure
Strict federal law protects census responses. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep information private. No law enforcement agency – not the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or any other agency – can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can be used only for statistical purposes that help inform critical decisions, including how much federal funding our community receives.
The Census is Easy and Convenient
In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online and by phone – but you can still respond by mail if you prefer.
The Census is Hiring!
The Census Bureau is comprised of talented and innovative people who are passionate about their work. If you’re a U.S. citizen who’s at least 18 years old with a valid Social Security number and a valid email address, you can apply for a position with the Census Bureau. Part-time Census jobs offer flexible hours and competitive wages, paid weekly, as well as paid training. The advertised rate for census takers in Broward County is currently $17.50 per hour. To learn more and apply online, visit www.2020census.gov/jobs.
The Census is Critical to Our Community
It’s essential that everyone in Sunrise is counted. Here’s why:
- It’s about $675 billion in federal funds. The distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on census data. That money is spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs.
- It’s about fair representation – in Florida and at the federal level. Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. In addition, state officials use census data to redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts to account for population shifts.
- It’s about our day-to-day quality of life. You’d be surprised by the many ways census data is used in our community:
- The City of Sunrise and Broward County use the census to make decisions regarding public safety and emergency preparedness.
- Residents use the census to propose and support local initiatives.
- Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores – which create jobs.
The Census is Easy to Complete
By April 1, 2020, every home in the U.S. and its territories will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail. You can even respond on your mobile device.
The 2020 Census will ask a handful of simple questions:
- How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020.
- Whether the home is owned or rented.
- About the gender of each person in your home.
- About the age of each person in your home.
- About the race and ethnicity of each person in your home.
- About the relationship of each person in your home.
The Census Bureau will never ask you for your Social Security number; money or donations; anything on behalf of a political party; or your bank or credit card account numbers. If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam, and you should not cooperate.
The Census is Mandatory
Taking part in the census is your civic duty: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I count!” For more information, visit www.2020census.gov.