An accurate count of a city’s population is not only imperative for government to function properly, it is also the basis for funding and federal benefits offered to communities. The current response rate for Sunny Isles Beach was 28.5% as of May 26, 2020. This is one of the lowest response rates in Miami-Dade County. That is why we urge every Sunny Isles Beach resident to participate in the 2020 Census.
Here’s how the census works. Every household should have received an invitation to participate in the census. You can participate online, by phone or by mail.
When filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020, including any friends or family members who are living or sleeping in your residence most of the time. Make sure you count roommates, all children, and newborns.
The questions asked on the census are basic demographics, such as name, age, sex, and race, along with questions regarding the number of people living in the home and homeownership. Please remember, the census does not ask any questions regarding citizenship status.
It is written in the U.S. Constitution that every 10 years, the country must conduct a population study. You might wonder why it matters so much if you are counted or not. The census provides a wealth of data, which determines how billions of dollars in federal funding is spent in communities on hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads and other resources. This data also gives support to lawmakers, business owners and teachers to provide daily services and products in our community.
For us living in Sunny Isles Beach, the census can influence several aspects of our daily lives. Data can determine planning and construction for roads, public transit, and beach renourishment along with grants and other financial support. It also helps us plan and respond to natural disasters and which languages emergency notices should be delivered in. When we know how many people live in the city and where, we can better prepare our emergency response services.
This census is going to influence the next 10 years of your life. Wouldn’t you want to be included? To learn more about the 2020 census, visit 2020census.gov. Let’s make sure Sunny Isles Beach is counted.