Every decade, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a count of every person living in the United States, called the census. The next census day is April 1, 2020. Getting counted is an important way to contribute to Bell County, today and for the next 10 years. Census data impacts essential public services provided by states and local governments such as healthcare, public safety, education and transportation. The census determines our representation in Congress and is used in redistricting at the state and local level. Your participation in the 2020 census is safe and
important to our community’s future.
See a sample of the census invitation and form and information about what the census will not ask.
There are a number of important dates to remember in order to fill out your census starting
Everyone in your household should be counted in the census. Find out more about your specific case.
Census takers will visit homes in mid-May to help collect census responses.
The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential.
Hospitals use census data to perform needs assessments, plan new locations and understand their service populations better.
Understanding how the census is tied to education is important to providing a bright future for the youngest generation of Bell County residents.
Census data plays an important role in keeping our communities safe, including building new fire stations.
A complete count will help influence funding decisions on transportation improvements to keep pace with Bell County's rapid population growth.
Businesses use Census data to know where to open locations and what products to offer, while banks open offer new programs based partly on Census data.
The census affects your representation in Congress. With a complete count, Texas is projected to gain 3 seats.
Without an accurate count, Texas stands to lose more than $43 billion per year, including funds for Medicaid, SNAP, the National School Lunch Program and Section 8 Housing Vouchers - to name a few.
The Census has historically been completed through the mail and door-to-door at your primary residence by official census takers. 2020 marks the first time time the census can also be completed online.
Bell County residents will receive a postcard in the mail with a unique identification number. Once you receive your postcard, you can fill out your census online, over the phone or at your door with a census taker.
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