What is a census?
A census is an official, complete count of a population. A census may also record details about each person such as age, sex, and living arrangement. Unlike a survey, which captures data for a sample of the population and uses that sample to infer characteristics for the larger population, a census aims to count each person.
WHEN DOES THE 2020 CENSUS START?
While April 1, 2020 is officially Census Day, preparation for the population count starts nearly a decade in advance, and enumeration takes place over several months. The 2020 Census kicks off in January 2020 with the population count in remote parts of Alaska—while the area is frozen and traversable.  Notices and forms will start arriving in the mail in March 2020. For households that don’t respond to the census, nonresponse follow-up begins in April 2020 and wraps up at the end of July 2020.
The Census Bureau will publish apportionment population counts (used to redistribute the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives) within nine months of Census Day—by December 31, 2020.
WHY THE CENSUS MATTERS IN FLORIDA
People who live in Florida could miss out on a lot if everyone is not counted in the Census. Florida could lose out on the political representation it deserves. And people and communities could be denied money that they need for schools, community health care, jobs, and transportation.
In 2016, Florida received more than $44 billion from federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. Florida can’t afford to miss out!