2020 U.S. Census
2020 U.S. Census
The 2020 Census is underway in Doña Ana County and throughout the country. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau adjusted field operations. For more information, please scroll down. The county and other members of the 2020 Regional Census Complete Count Committee are in communication with the U.S. Census Bureau and with the state officials involved in the census promotional effort. Local efforts remain underway to encourage everyone to complete the 2020 Census as BILLIONS of dollars are at stake for programs and services that directly help you, your family and neighbors, for the next 10 years. For the latest updates or more information about the 2020 Census, please visit www.2020Census.gov.
It has never been easier to complete the short census form!
HOW TO COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS
There are three ways to respond:
PHONE: The census can be completed by phone in 13 languages. Call the toll-free phone number at 1-844-330-2020 (English), 1-844-468-2020 (Español) or the TDD number at 1-844-467-2020. Census Bureau staff are available from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. EST, seven days a week to assist. Below is the list of additional toll-free phone numbers that are available.
ONLINE: For the first time, you can complete the census form online in 13 languages, by computer or via a smartphone. You don’t have to wait to receive a Census ID number to complete the form online. Just click on the “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” option to proceed. The form can be completed at www.2020Census.gov .
MAIL: Request a census form by calling the U.S. Census Bureau at 1-844-330-2020 (English), 1-844-468-2020 (Español) or the TDD number at 1-844-467-2020. Or, complete the census form received in your mail or provided directly to your household by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 2020 Census aims to include all residents of Doña Ana County, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or place of birth. Census data will be used for the next ten years to make sure Doña Ana County residents are fairly represented in state and federal government. Help us ensure the County, and other incorporated governments such as the City of Las Cruces, City of Sunland Park, City of Anthony, Town of Mesilla, and the Village of Hatch, receives its fair share of federal and state funding for local programs like education, health care, infrastructure, and housing.
COUNTY BOARD DIRECTIVE
On November 13, 2018, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution 2018-117 establishing a Complete Count Committee to ensure that all Doña Ana County residents participate in the 2020 U.S. Census.
WHAT IS THE CENSUS?
The decennial census is a head count of all people who live in the United States. The Census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every ten years, and is mandated under Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution.
After acquiring data from households in the U.S., the Census Bureau aggregates the data to protect individual identities and disseminates the results to the president, the states, and the American people. The U.S. Census Bureau’s commitment to data stewardship—protecting respondent privacy and confidentiality at every stage of the data lifecycle—is grounded in law that is straightforward, robust, and strong. From the time the Census Bureau collects the data, through processing, publication and storage, the Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the United States Code to ensure that information about any specific individual, household, or business is never revealed, even indirectly through their published statistics.
Census data is most prominently used to:
- Apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
- Redistrict at the federal, state, and local levels
- Provide statistical support for grant applications
- Help communities, like the Doña Ana County, plan for future needs
- Distribute over $675 billion federal dollars to state and local governments, which directly benefit all residents. Below is a snapshot of programs funded by Congress based on data derived from the decennial census:
- Medicaid and Medicare
- Unemployment Insurance
- Economic Development
- Agricultural, including Cooperative Extension Service
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Highway Planning and Construction
- Food Commodities (such as Casa de Peregrinos)
- Senior Meals (via Adelante)
- National School Lunch Program
- Special Education Grants/Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Head Start/Early Head Start
- State Children’s Health Insurance Program
- Community Health Centers (such as La Clinica de Familia, Ben Archer and Amador Health Center)
- Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
- Housing Assistance, including Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
View the complete list from the George Washington Institute of Public Policy of allocated federal funding to New Mexico.
The Census Bureau continually innovates its data collection processes to improve the accuracy of their data and reduce the burden on residents. For more information on the 2020 Census, visit the U.S. Census Bureau webpage.
WHEN DOES THE CENSUS START?
By April 1, 2020, all residential addresses should have received a form in the mail from the Census Bureau asking for information on all residents living in your household, including all family members and non-family members who are living with you. Residents may respond by mail, online, or over the phone depending on their preference.
Any information you share with the Census Bureau is strictly confidential. By law, the Census Bureau employees cannot share individual responses with anyone, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, any court of law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, state or federal welfare departments, or governments and programs. The Census Bureau only uses individual responses to produce summary statistics, which further protects individuals from being identified inadvertently.
The Census Bureau is currently hiring representatives to support the 2020 Census. For more information on employment opportunities, visit the U.S. Census Bureau Website.
COVID-19, REVISED TIMELINE AND IMPORTANT DATES
According to a U.S. Census Bureau Press Release, published on April 13, 2020: In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Bureau adjusted 2020 Census operations, to:
- Protect the health and safety of the American public and Census Bureau employees.
- Implement guidance from federal, state and local authorities.
- Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
The Census Bureau temporarily suspended 2020 Census field data collection activities in March. Steps are underway to reactivate field offices beginning June 1, 2020, in preparation for the resumption of field data collection operations, as quickly as possible following June 1.
In-person activities, including all interaction with the public, enumeration, office work and processing activities, will incorporate the most current guidance to promote the health and safety of staff and the public. This will include recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing practices.
Once 2020 Census data collection is complete, the Census Bureau begins a lengthy, thorough and scientifically rigorous process to produce the apportionment, redistricting information and other statistical data products that help guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public and private sector spending per year.
In order to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is seeking statutory relief from Congress of 120 additional calendar days to deliver final apportionment counts.
Under this plan, the Census Bureau would extend the window for field data collection and self-response to October 31, 2020, which will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the President by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021.
To view the U.S. Census Bureau’s entire revised timeline under this plan, please go to: 2020 Census Operational Adjustments
For updates or more information about the 2020 Census, please visit www.2020Census.gov.