2020 Census deadline is October 15, 2020.
The 2020 Census is one of the most important surveys residents of Sunny Isles Beach need to complete. Conducted only once every decade, the census counts every person living most of the time as of April 1, 2020 in the country in order to evaluate the services and programs needed in communities. If you live at multiple places throughout the year, then you can respond online or by phone and answer “no” when asked if you or anyone else was living or staying at your Sunny Isles Beach address on April 1, 2020. By taking the census, our city will receive federal funding for important sectors such as education, public safety, public transit and infrastructure.
The 2020 Census response deadline has been changed to October 15, 2020.
The Spooky Challenge Update
Sunny Isles Beach did not reach our 2020 Census Challenge self-response rate goal of 50% by September 30. Our city currently has a self-response rate of 33.5%. Luckily, the response deadline has been extended to October 31, so there is still time to complete the 2020 Census if you have not already do so. Visit my2020census.gov.
What is the Spooky Challenge?
In August, Sunny Isles Beach challenged residents to reach a self-response rate of 50% by Wednesday, September 30. If achieved the entire City Commission would embrace the Halloween spirit and dress up in costumes at the Regular City Commission Meeting on Thursday, October 15.
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.