In March, Mansfield - like people all over the U.S. - will receive their 2020 Census invitation in the mail. And the information provided to the Census will help shape the future of our city, as well as our country. The 10 questions on the form about how many people are living in your household provide the data necessary for the U.S. Census Bureau to determine the population of Mansfield as well as the entire United States.
Since 2019, the Mansfield Complete Count Committee, a group of Mansfield residents, has been volunteering their time to provide Census information to the community. They have attended special events and made presentations to community groups, all with the goal of making sure that Mansfield has a "complete count."
The answers to the most frequently asked questions are below. Links to specific information on the 2020 Census website are located on the side menu.
What is the Census?
The Census, mandated by the United States Constitution, is an official count of every single person living in the United States. It is conducted every 10 years. The first Census was in 1790, making the 2020 Census the 24th conducted in the United States.
How is the Census data used?
Census Data is used to allocate Congressional seats to States (apportionment) every 10 years, based on population counts. Census data is also used to allocate federal funding to local communities. Billions of dollars are distributed annually to Texas and other cities in support of local schools, roads, hospitals and federal programs that improve quality of life. Among the federal programs benefiting Mansfield are Community Development Block Grants (road improvements), Disabled Veterans Outreach Program, Head Start (early childhood education), National School Lunch Program and State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Locally, Mansfield will use Census data in planning for future infrastructure such as roads, water and other public facilities.
Are Census responses confidential?
All responses to Census Bureau surveys and censuses are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Under this law, the Census Bureau is required to keep all information confidential and may not share that information with any government agency or law enforcement. The results from any Census or survey are reported in statistical format only. Individual records from the decennial censuses are, by law (Title 44 of the U.S. Code), confidential for 72 years.
How do I respond to the Census form?
There are some important changes in the 2020 Census, primarily related to technology. For the first time, people may respond to the Census online, as well as my mail or by phone. The Census invitation you will receive in the mail in mid-March will provide directions for an online response. Residents without personal computers may use the public computers at the Mansfield Public Library. Librarians have been trained in providing assistance to any respondent needing help in completing their Census form. Residents may also complete the form and mail it into the Census Bureau, or call the bureau and provide the information to a Census enumerator. Census information is provided in more than 50 languages.
Will I be visited at my home by a Census enumerator?
The Census enumerators will only visit residences that have chosen not to self respond. Census enumerators will carry official identification, devices for collecting data and will not ask to come into your home.
When will the Census information be available?
By law, the Census Bureau must deliver the Census apportionment count to the President of the United States on Dec. 31, 2020. The data for redistricting will be released by April 1, 2021.