Hey South Florida! Did you know that during 2014-2018, 15.3% of Florida’s households had either no home internet subscription or dial up-only, according to the latest American Community Survey estimates. 7.8% of the state’s households had a cellular data plan only, which may be costly to use for non-essential services.
In 2020 for the first time, the Census Bureau will be urging most households to submit their census responses online. See this FAQ about technology issues & different ways to participate in the 2020 Census. Click here to complete the 2020 Census now!
Census supporters can use the HTC map to identify areas where households may have difficulty filling out the 2020 census questionnaire online. Click here to display the internet access slider. In tracts where a large share of households have no internet subscription, public libraries and others may be able to provide online access for households with no internet access.
However, all households receiving census materials in the mail or dropped off at their door have the option of submitting responses by phone or using a paper questionnaire. In areas with poor internet access, census supporters can emphasize the availability of these other two response methods.
Finally, tracts with limited internet access represent areas where people will need help accessing the internet to apply for census jobs.
DEADLINE HAS CHANGED
The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month sooner than previously announced, the bureau’s director confirmed Monday in their statement (see below). That includes critical door-knocking efforts and collecting responses online, over the phone and by mail.
“The U.S. Census Bureau continues to evaluate its operational plans to collect and process 2020 Census data. Today, we are announcing updates to our plan that will include enumerator awards and the hiring of more employees to accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020, as required by law and directed by the Secretary of Commerce. The Census Bureau’s new plan reflects our continued commitment to conduct a complete count, provide accurate apportionment data, and protect the health and safety of the public and our workforce.
Complete Count: A robust field data collection operation will ensure we receive responses from households that have not yet self-responded to the 2020 Census.
- We will improve the speed of our count without sacrificing completeness. As part of our revised plan, we will conduct additional training sessions and provide awards to enumerators in recognition of those who maximize hours worked. We will also keep phone and tablet computer devices for enumeration in use for the maximum time possible.
- We will end field data collection by September 30, 2020. Self-response options will also close on that date to permit the commencement of data processing. Under this plan, the Census Bureau intends to meet a similar level of household responses as collected in prior censuses, including outreach to hard-to-count communities.”
Why Complete the 2020 Census?
According to the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, Institutions across the state, including foundations, routinely rely on data from the census to allocate funding, define where services are delivered and promote economic development. Florida has so much at stake, and we need to ensure a fair and accurate census. FPN & FNA have been traveling the state since 2018. We have visited a dozen cities with many more to come!
More than one third (33.2%) of Florida’s general revenues come from federal aid ($25.5 billion). Without an accurate Census, Florida residents could be denied the full funding they deserve and need – and elected officials won’t be able to make informed decisions for your constituents for more than a decade on a range of issues.