If you haven’t taken the 2020 Census yet, you might notice some changes this year. For the first time in history the Census is being offered online. If you’re more comfortable with the traditional paper questionnaire, you can still take it this way. If you haven’t received the questionnaire in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau yet, you will soon.
If you’d like to take the Census online, visit: www.my2020Census.gov
Cocoa Beach Counts
The census only happens once every 10 years, but census data is used every day. It guides the distribution of approximately $675 billion in federal funds each year for vital programs impacting housing, education, transportation, health care, public safety and more. Local governments use the results to plan new roads, hospitals and schools, as well as to ensure public safety and emergency preparedness. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores. And census data determines our representation in state legislatures and in Congress.
The Census Bureau is focused on counting everyone once, only once and in the right place. But getting an accurate count may be more challenging than ever before. Our population is increasingly diverse and increasingly mobile, with more complex living arrangements and high levels of distrust in government. Also, for the first time, the Census Bureau is encouraging residents to complete the census form online.
The City of Cocoa Beach has formed a Complete Count Committee to help us ensure a complete count, especially in our hard to count areas of the community. These hard to count areas are sections of the Cocoa Beach community that had a low response rate during the 2010 Census. Members of Cocoa Beach’s Complete Count Committee will assist us in spreading the word about the importance of taking the Census and why every person counts.
Cocoa Beach will also be working with other local communities in Brevard to spread the word. Local municipal communication professionals will work together to create messaging and information that will be disseminated county-wide.
Keep an eye on our social media channels and website for more information about the 2020 Census and how you can get involved to help spread the word about the 2020 Census. Help us make sure that Cocoa Beach Counts in the 2020 Census.
Census Numbers Help with Housing Funds & More
The City of Cocoa Beach relies upon federal funding for many projects and initiatives in our community. Those federal dollars are allocated based on Census counts. This is why it is so important to make sure our community is counted in the upcoming 2020 Census. We need your help in ensuring a complete count. Make sure Cocoa Beach Counts this spring when the Census is available.
Reasons Why You Should Take the Census
Inform how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year
Create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, and build schools, roads and hospitals
Determine how many seats your state gets in Congress