The 2020 Census has finished collecting responses.
What is the Census?
Every 10 years, every person living in the United States - regardless of origin or status - is required to fill out the Census. This is a requirement of the United States Constitution in order to provide an accurate count of all people in the country. Federal funding for our local schools, transportation dollars for roads and buses, and healthcare services are all funded based on the Census. The political lines that are drawn for Congress, State House seats, and even school board members, are based on Census data.
If Austin and Travis County residents are undercounted in 2020, every Central Texan is negatively impacted.
The next Census is in Spring 2020. This is our chance to come together and make sure every resident is counted, so every federal dollar we deserve is accounted for.Why the Census matters
Taking the Census is Easy
Responding to the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey online is easy. The survey offers you help screens and the ability to review your answers.
How The Census Works
Check out a short video to learn how participation in the U.S. Census and the gathering of accurate Census data affects our democracy and the well-being of families and communities.
Historically Undercounted Communities in Austin and Travis County
Texas is at risk of an even larger undercount in 2020. Today, 25% of Texans, or over 6 million people, live in hard-to-count neighborhoods, where past self-response rates have been relatively low. Today in Travis County, 32% (over 370,000 people) of the population live in hard-to-count neighborhoods. An undercount means Texas is not getting its fair share of funding and representation since not everyone living in our state was counted. View the map below to see if your neighborhood is at risk of being undercounted.