Every ten years, the census is conducted by the U.S Census Bureau. Since 1790, the Census Bureau has used the data collected to allocate resources based on population growth and changing demographics. The census helps determine how billions of dollars in funding is allocated to communities and will also establish how many seats in Congress the State of Florida will receive. Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone's help. There are many ways for individuals, businesses, community organizations, and others to play a part. You are encouraged to contact the Census Bureau and the Collier County Complete Count Coordinator to learn how to get involved. You can also learn the different ways to respond to the Census here.
Collier County Government is dedicated to joining forces with other organizations to ensure that everyone in Collier County is counted. By April 1, 2020, every home in Collier County will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You can participate by responding by phone, mail, and for the first time online.
The 2020 Census and Confidentiality
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential. Learn more here.
2020 Census Key Dates
2020 Census Operational Timeline
Collier County Complete Count Coordinator
On December 10, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners appointed a Complete Count Coordinator. The Complete Count Coordinator will increase awareness and participation in the 2020 Census by coordinating County staff, resources, facilities, and programs to promote awareness to Collier County residents, interest groups, and municipalities to ensure an accurate count.
Community Relations Specialist
2020 Census FAQs
It is utilized to make sure we have accurate representation in congress. Right now, there $675 billion in federal funds distributed based on the demographics represented in the census.
In addition, the numbers help us make business and policy decisions, fund how we build schools and hospitals, and make sure the right emergency management in place so everyone is safe in an emergency.
The census counts everyone once and only once based on where you are living on April 1, 2020.
This decade is the first time the census will utilize the internet. People can respond and participate online, but can also mail or telephone their information, like done in the past.
We want to make sure everyone does this correctly.
If you are a snowbird or if you have two homes and live one part in one area and part of the year in another area, it is where you are 50 percent, plus one-night of the time.
If you are a student, it is where you live the majority of the time or where you live on April 1, 2020.
This is where the door-to-door census taker will stop by your house and ask you to fill out the census. They can also help you fill it out if you need help.
Also, please keep in mind that Census Takers, who are federal employees, may stop by to ask you some questions to verify they have a complete list of addresses for the actual census.
REMEMBER: Census workers will never ask you about your social security number or bank account information!