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Important Notice of the Ending of the 2020 Census Count
The 2020 U.S. Decennial Census, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, ended on October 16, 2020. To coincide with the ending of the 2020 Census, we have updated this Census website that will remain in place, to a date to be determined, as a record of the extensive involvement by Seminole County and its Census partners in 2020 Census awareness and outreach. If you have questions or need additional information about this website, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminole County and the 2020 Census
We designed and launched this website in 2019 as a tool to inform, educate, and encourage participation in the 2020 Census. The extensive involvement in 2020 Census awareness and outreach by Seminole County, in partnership with County Municipalities, the U.S. Census Bureau, and other public and private organizations, is available by clicking on the Drop-Down Menus below, and by viewing the 2020 U.S. Decennial Census, Seminole County Complete Count Committee 2020 Census Awareness Final Action Plan and the Seminole County 2020 Census Response Team Final Action Plan.
Notable Observations of the 2020 Census
For the first time in the history of the Decennial Census, residents could choose to respond online, by phone, or by the traditional paper Census questionnaire, making the 2020 Census the easiest and most accessible Decennial Census since its beginning in 1790.
The COVID-19 pandemic virus was responsible for the U.S. Census Bureau adjusting the date for responding to the 2020 Census on multiple occasions from its initial point of reference date of April 1, 2020.
The U.S. Supreme Court, on October 13, 2020, issued an order requiring the 2020 Census self-response and field data collection operations (i.e., the population count) to end on October 16, 2020, irrespective of any other previously adjusted date.
The U.S. Census Bureau must submit population counts for each state to the President of the United States no later than December 31, 2020. Following review by Congress in early 2021, final population counts will be published sometime between May and August of 2021.
The U.S. Census Bureau engaged in a multi-million dollar media campaign encouraging residents to respond to the 2020 Census.
The two most often mentioned reasons for conducting the Census are (a) population data plays a significant role in determining the allocation of federal and state funding for important community services and facilities, and (b) population data also determines representation in the U.S. House of Representatives (i.e., apportionment was the original legal purpose of a Decennial Census) and in establishing voting districts.
2020 Census - A Thank You Message from Seminole County
As the 2020 Census has ended, Seminole County offers its deep appreciation to every resident who responded to the 2020 Census. Your participation in the 2020 Census clearly demonstrated your understanding of the importance of responding to the Census and of the need to achieve an accurate and complete count of the population.
Seminole County residents are also be commended for participating in the 2020 Census, as their participation played a leading role in Seminole County achieving first place among Florida’s 67 Counties in self-responding to the 2020 Census. The self-response rate to the 2020 Census among residents of Seminole County was 73.6%, compared to the nationwide rate of 67.0%, and Florida’s rate of 63.8%.
We also offer our sincere appreciation to each of the County Municipalities, the U.S. Census Bureau, and other public and privates agencies listed in the Census Action Plans above, for their dedicated partnership with Seminole County in 2020 Census awareness and outreach, and in maximizing the 2020 Census self-response rate.
As Seminole County and County Municipalities continue to provide new, and make improvements to, existing services and facilities, residents will clearly see the effects of the 2020 Census on these important community resources and be pleased to know that their participation in the 2020 Census will help shape the future of the County for decades to come.
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