2020 Census Challenge
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 self-response deadline has been changed to September 30, 2020. The City of Sunny Isles Beach is challenging residents to complete the census with a unique prize.
The Spooky Challenge
If the city reaches a self-response rate of 50% by Wednesday, September 30, the entire City Commission will embrace the Halloween spirit and dress up in costumes at the Regular City Commission Meeting on Thursday, October 15. See your favorite commissioner donning their best Halloween costume in the spirit of community involvement and representation.
You can follow along and see Sunny Isles Beach’s response rate at 2020census.gov/en/response-rates. Challenge your friends and neighbors to take the census too! Make sure you are counted.
The 2020 Census can be completed online, by phone or by mail and federal law keeps those response safe and secure. The census does not ask any questions regarding citizenship status. It simply is gathering basic demographics such as name, age, sex, and race, along with questions regarding the number of people living in the home and homeownership.
To learn more about the 2020 Census and to complete your census, visit 2020census.gov.
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.