2020 Census

Census Overview

Jump to Section: What is the Census?| Ways to Respond | Avoiding Scams Online | Staying Safe at Home | Reporting Suspected Fraud | Complete Count Committees | Timeline and Important Dates | Community Outreach | FAQ’s | 2020 Census Jobs | Contact


What is the Census?

The U.S. Constitution mandates a count of the American population every 10 years. The count is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The data is used to allocate federal dollars which have direct impact on planning for schools, transportation, fire department, health programs, and other community needs.

The results of the census, which started in 1790, also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Assuming that the formula grant funding disperses $2,000 per person, Glenn Heights stands to lose or gain $32,000,000 over the next 10 years.


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Ways to Respond

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • By mail

By March 12, 2020, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. There are 13 different language translations available (English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese).


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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.

It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers
  • Money or donations

In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.


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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 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.


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Reporting Suspected Fraud

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.

For more information about the census, visit https://2020census.gov/en.html


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Complete Count Committees (CCC)

Complete Count Committees help increase awareness of the 2020 Census and motivate the public to respond. The committees are established by local governments and by community leaders and organizations. They can include representatives of businesses, schools, community organizations, and faith-based groups.

Committee Meetings

Initial Meeting – January 4th from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Second Meeting – February 8th from 9:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Third Meeting - February 29th from 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.


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Timeline and Important Dates

November 12 – Census campaign presented before the City Council.

January 12 – Initial meeting for the Complete Count Committee. Formation of community leaders who will play a key role in educating and motivating households to complete their census form.

March 2 – Complete Count Committee rolls-out the 2020 Census webpage detailing important information.

March 12 – Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

April 1 – Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.

May – Enumerators will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.

July 31 – Nationwide reporting of census data has been completed.

December –The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.


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Community Outreach

Glenn Heights’ Complete Count Committee launched a campaign to raise awareness around why the 2020 Census matters for its citizens. These efforts include a webpage on the city’s website, social media, promotional items, street signs, and so much more.

Committee members will be speaking to citizens at local events, shows, meetings, and religious services.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a scam?

No. The Census 2020 is happening now, and the Census Bureau is contacting people across the nation by phone, by mail, and in person. Learn more about how to avoid scams online or in-person. All Census Bureau workers carry official government badges. You can also call your local regional office for verification.

Is the census legal?

Yes. We are conducting the Census 2020 under the authority of U.S. Code Title 13, sections 141, 193, and 221. Article 1, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution requires that this population and housing count occur every 10 years. This collection of information has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget.

Will my information be disclosed to other agencies?

No. Your information is protected. Federal law (U.S. Code Title 13, Section 9) protects your privacy and keeps your answers confidential. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau can use your responses only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. By law, the Census Bureau can use your responses only to produce statistics. If you respond online, all web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy. If you respond using a paper questionnaire, your completed questionnaire will be destroyed after processing. If you are on a social or financial program, your benefits are NOT in danger.

What is redistricting?

The Census 2020 asks questions that collect information necessary for redistricting. Redistricting is the redrawing of boundaries for the areas that are used to determine where people elect their representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislature, county or city council, school board, and so forth. Law (Public Law 94-171) requires that the redistricting data be delivered to state officials within one year of Census Day or no later than April 1, 2021.

What is apportionment?

Apportionment is the process of determining the number of representatives in Congress. Each state’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives is based on the decennial census. The total number of representatives was set by the Apportionment Act of 1929; the current Congress includes record numbers of women and minority representatives.


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2020 Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

For more information, visit: https://recruitment.2020census.gov/ats/careersite/census.aspx?site=1&c=census



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Contact

Complete Count Committee Chair, Glenn Heights

Councilwoman Shaunte L. Allen

469-987-9348

shaunte.allen@glennheightstx.gov

Partnership Specialist, Dallas Regional Census Center