2020 Census Count

What is the Census?

  • A count of every person living in the U.S. as of April 1, 2020.

  • The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years.

  • Federal law protects census responses.

  • Answers can only be used to produce statistics.

  • Census data is confidential for 72 years.


Why is the Census important?

  • Census data determines how more than $675 billion are spent.

  • When the population is undercounted, jurisdictions don’t receive the funding needed for vital community services.

  • Census data are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts.

  • Census data help local governments plan for future community needs and services, such as

           emergency services, schools, hospitals, human services, libraries, transportation, etc.


How do people participate in the Census?

  • In mid‐March 2020, The Census Bureau will mail out one invitation for each household to

            participate in the 2020 Census.

  • The census is administered based on residential addresses and allows for one submission per household.

  • All household members must be counted, including those under the age of 5 years old.

  • The invitation from the Census Bureau will provide three ways to participate in the 2020 Census.

  • Respond online through a secure website.

  • Respond over the telephone.

  • Request that a hardcopy be mailed to the resident.

How can you help?

Actively participate on the Complete Count Committee.

Serve as a 2020 Census Ambassador.

Build knowledge about the importance of 2020 Census for Galveston.

  • Appoint a Representative to the Business Subcommittee.

  • Learn how to raise awareness on the Census – Attend Training event to get messaging on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (see contact information below).



Joan Oelze, member of the Galveston Complete Count Committee




To Apply for Census Employment, visit: