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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Final Opportunity to Respond to the 2020 Census

time is running out respond to the 2020 census today

Participating in the 2020 Census is easier than ever. 

For the first time in Census history, you can respond in three different ways:
  1. By phone by calling 844.330.2020.
  2. By mailing back the paper questionnaire sent to your home.

You may have asked, “How does the Census affect me as a resident?”

Over $675 billion flows back to local communities each year based on census data. Responding to the Census helps ensure St. Johns County receives funding for services and infrastructure, including roads and schools. In addition, it provides for additional representation in Congress.

Who gets counted in the Census?

Everyone participates, because everyone counts. If you are a resident of St. Johns County, you should be counted. 

What happens if someone isn’t counted in the Census?

St. Johns County loses money. A lot of money.  And when we lose money, you lose things too: anything that is funded through government funds ends up being cut, and that’s not good for any of us. Information collected by the Census Bureau is utilized to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds and grants to states, counties, and communities. It also helps determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries. Communities also rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services. Some businesses even utilize the data to expand or relocate their offices or headquarters to specific communities.

What if I live in an apartment, rental home, dorm, assisted living facility, etc.?

Residential structures, such as apartments, condominiums, mobile homes, duplexes, triplexes, and houses (owned or rented) are considered "households" and all members of which should be counted and reported via the census questionnaire. Rental home tenants will fill out the questionnaire sent to the home, not the property owners. Individuals who reside in group quarter living facilities such as dormitories, assisted living facilities, residential rehab centers, shelters, jails, etc., will be counted through a designated administrator who captures and reports the facilities residents.

Is your information safe, secure and confidential?

 Your responses to the Census are safe, secure, and protected by law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to Census Bureau surveys are kept completely confidential. 

For more information on St. Johns County’s 2020 Census Complete Count efforts, please visit or, email, or call 904.209.0573.

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