The 2020 Census is a snapshot of where all individuals who reside in the U.S. live on April 1, 2020. The Census form will collect information including name, age, sex, and race for each person in each residence. A phone number and owner or renter status also is collected on the form. The information is used for reapportionment of districts for representation in government at all levels as well as planning decisions, business decisions, and funding for a variety of federal programs such as highways, transit, community development block grants, student loans, Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, housing loans, fire departments, and the school lunch program. An accurate count of residents can have significant consequences.
Importance of an Accurate Count
The Census estimates that for each person missed, $1,500 in federal funding may be lost per year or $15,000 over the 10 year period.
Getting an accurate count of the residents of Hutto can have a significant impact on funding for local programs as well as political representation for the next 10 years. The City of Hutto for this reason, will form a group of City Staff and the Communication Task Forces that includes representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau, City of Hutto (Communications, Library, Parks and Recreation, Tourism, Planning Departments), Hutto ISD, Williamson County and Cities Health District, Hutto Ministerial Alliance, Churches and non-profits.
The purpose of the committee is to inform Hutto residents about the Census and why they should complete their Census questionnaire. In addition to communications to all city residents, the committee will focus on outreach to hard-to-count persons including those with language barriers, lack of internet access, renters, or those who are homeless.
City Staff and the Communication Task Forces will work with the Census Bureau representatives and Williamson County to use a variety of communication platforms and outreach strategies to inform residents about the Census with special focus on hard-to-count areas or demographics. Materials and messages will be provided in Spanish to help reach these residents.
2020 Census: What is the Census?
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Visit the U.S. Census website for more information.