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Posted on: August 19, 2019

Census 2020: It Matters to Boca Raton

United States Census 2020

April 1, 2020 is Census Day. The United States Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency. They are dedicated to providing 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.

Learn more about why your count matters to Boca Raton.

Why is this important for our city?

The census provides important information for municipalities.

  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools and emergency services.
  • Academic institutions, medical facilities and businesses of all sizes rely on census data to help make future decisions, such as where to open new places to shop.

When can I respond to the 2020 Census?

By April 1, 2020 every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. These invitations will start to be delivered between March 12 – 20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone or by mail. You will have three options for responding:

  • Online  
  • By phone  
  • By mail

If you would like to respond online but do not have a computer at home you are more than welcome to visit one of our libraries (Spanish River Library or Downtown Library) and utilize their computers to respond. 

Want to know more?

Learn more at our 2020 Census webpage. You can also visit and their Ways to Respond webpage for any questions you may have.

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