Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States. Census data is used to determine the number of congressional seats a state gets, as well as informing the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding to support infrastructure and social services for the next decade.
It is so important that every resident of Miami-Dade County participates in this year’s census. We’re counting on you to get counted! By participating, you’ll help ensure Miami-Dade County gets its fair share of federal funds for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
One common error is that people do not report their children, whether they are minors or not. Everyone in your household should be counted, from newborns to the elderly.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Taking the census is safe and easy
- Your data is confidential and protected by federal law
- Your answers can only be used to produce statistics
- By law, your information cannot be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies or be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits
- The Census Bureau protects information that identifies respondents or their households for 72 years.
The questionnaire contains a few simple questions and only takes a few minutes to complete. This year, for the first time, people will have the choice of responding online, by phone or by mail. It is easier than ever to participate in the census and get counted.
In March, you should have received an invitation to respond in the mail. Here are some important dates to keep in mind:
- April 8-16: A reminder letter and questionnaire will arrive by mail
- April 20-27: A final reminder will arrive by mail before the U.S. Census Bureau begins to follow-up in person
Get informed and be ready to help make sure #MiamiDadeCounts—our County is counting on you!Learn More about the Census