The 2020 Census will count every person living in Ormond Beach, Volusia County, the United States and U.S. territories. The census is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
The results determine congressional representation and federal funding for states and communities, including the City of Ormond Beach. Every year, more than $675 billion goes toward hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, housing programs, emergencies and natural disasters from information collected by the census.
By April 1, 2020, Ormond Beach households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census and residents will have three options to respond – online, phone or by mail. Residents are required by law to participate in the 2020 count. All responses are confidential.
Need Help With Your Census?
The U.S. Census Bureau will mail invitations to every household in mid-March. This year, you can complete your questionnaire online or by phone.
If you don’t have access to a computer, stop by any of the 14 branches of the Volusia County Public Library system and use one of the public access computers.
Additional assistance is available in the e-labs at these locations:
· Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St.: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
· Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.: 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, and 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays.
· DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd.: 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Appointments are available Tuesday through Friday by calling 386-668-3835.
· DeLand Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays.
· Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays.
Thursday’s sessions are bilingual.
· Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays.
· New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.
· Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle: Noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to Noon Fridays.
Bring your census postcard, which includes a unique code you will need to complete your questionnaire online.
Mid-March 2020: Households will receive invitation to complete the 2020 Census.
April 1, 2020: Census Day! By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the census.
April 2020: Census takers begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
May 2020: The Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.
December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
March 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
How Do I Identify A Census Employee?
If you are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, they may be working on the 2020 Census or one of our other surveys. The Census Bureau conducts over 100 surveys throughout the country in addition to the decennial census.
Here are some ways you can verify an individual is a Census Bureau employee:
The census taker or field representative will present an ID badge that includes:
- their name,
- their photograph,
- a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
They will have an official bag and Census Bureau-issued electronic device, such as a laptop or smartphone, bearing the Census Bureau logo.
Census takers and field representatives will conduct their work between the hours of 9am and 9pm, local time. The best way to avoid being visited at home by a census taker, or enumerator, is to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
When in doubt, please call the Atlanta Regional Office for verification at 1-800-424-6974. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.
Is My Data Safe?
The United States Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. Their data stewardship program includes ongoing training, accountability and the lifetime oath that each Census Bureau employee swears to keep your information confidential. Their data stewardship executive policy committee oversees these activities, setting the rules and policies all staff must follow.
The Law Protects Your Information
By law, your information is confidential. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. The law is found in Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Anyone who violates this law faces severe penalties.
Cutting-Edge Safeguards To Protect Your Identity
The United States Census Bureau does not identify individuals in the statistics they publish. Their policies and safeguards help them ensure the confidentiality of your information. Their Disclosure Review Board verifies that any product released meets their confidentiality standards.
For more information, visit the United States Census Bureau's website.
How Can I Take the Census?
For the first time, respondents will be able to complete their forms online. The 2020 Census will still allow for traditional response methods such as phone and mail. Non-responses will be followed up with in-person canvassing.
How Can I Identify Scams?
The Census Bureau will never ask for a complete Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, your bank’s name or credit card numbers.
Do Kids Count?
Yes! Parents should include all children living in their home – including non-relatives and children with no other place to live, even if they are only living there temporarily – on April 1, 2020. Parents should also include newborns who are still in the hospital.
Children who split time between two homes should be counted at the home where they live and sleep most of the time. If the child spends equal amounts of time between two homes, count them where they stayed on April 1, 2020.