Census 2020

Census 2020-hands with puzzle pieces

The City of Mesquite is participating in the Census 2020 program. Here are some facts:

  • The U.S. Constitution mandates a Census count must be held every ten years.
  • The data is used to allocate federal dollars which have direct impact on planning for schools, transportation, health programs, and other community needs.
  • Census data is also used to draw districts which translates to Congressional seats.
  • Based on current estimates, Texas could gain 3-4 additional seats in Congress after Census 2020.
  • 2020 will be the first time that you will be able to respond online or on the phone in 12 different languages.
  • It is safe and easy to complete. Your answers are confidential.

Click here to watch a city staff presentation to the Mesquite City Council in January 2020 that further explains the Census process and the importance of everyone being counted.

It is critical that every Mesquite resident participates in the Census 2020 and is counted. Here is why:

  • In Fiscal year 2016, Texas received $59.4 billion based on Decennial Census data, that is $2,132 for every Texas resident.*
  • Texas stands to lose more federal funding from an undercount in 2020 than any other state.
  • Federal funds lost by Texas due to a census undercount are redistributed to other states. For example, for each federal dollar that Texas gives up, California gets an extra 13 cents.
  • Texas is the third largest recipient of federal funding allocated using Census data.
  • The Census Bureau estimates that Texas had a 1% undercount in the 2010 Census. Because of that undercount, over the last decade Texas lost $3 billion in federal reimbursements for Medicaid-related programs, alone.
  • If there is a 1% undercount in 2020, that could result in at least $1,161 for each person missed in Texas.

Click here to read the Census 101 flyer provided by the United States Census Bureau.