What Is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.
What does this mean for Hutto?
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. 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 (TBD) 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.  If you are interested in applying to serve on the Communications Task Force, please click here:
 Learn more about the 2020 Census here:

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). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.
What to expect in March:

  • Look for a mailing to your residence in March.
  • You can complete your Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.
  • You will be asked a few simple questions like the names, ages, sex, and race of persons in your residence, home ownership/renting status, and your phone number for any follow-up questions
  • Everyone living in the U.S. is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.
  • The Census is important. Census information affects your representation at all levels of government and funding for a wide range of programs like highways, schools, fire stations, school lunches, Medicaid, and Medicare.  • Strict federal law protects census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual or business. No law enforcement agency can access or use your personal information at any time
  • The Census Bureau is actively recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of paid, temporary positions across the country to help with the 2020 Census count.  

For more information, please visit the US Census website;