Census 2020

Mesquite - Census 2020

The City of Mesquite is participating in the U.S. Census 2020. Here are some brief 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.
  • The Census will be available in 13 different languages online.
  • The Census Bureau will provide support in 59 different languages.
  • It is safe and easy to complete. 
  • Your answers are confidential.

Census 2020 FAQs

Census 2020: Safe and Secure

Census 2020: Seguro y confidencial

United States Census Bureau

Here are some details provided by the U.S. Census Bureau:

Get the Facts

What is the 2020 Census?
Important Dates
Census Takers in Your Neighborhoods

How To Respond

Ways to Respond
Questions Asked
Who to Count
Contact Us

Why Your Answers Matter

Importance of the Data
Impact in Your Community

Privacy and Security

How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data
Avoiding Fraud and Scams
Trust and Safety Team
Click here to read the Census 101 flyer provided by the United States Census Bureau.
Click here to see a sample Census questionnaire. 

For more information, contact the Dallas Regional Census Center at 972-510-1800.

Dallas County, Texas

Click here to get more details on Census 2020 from Dallas County. There are Frequently Asked Questions answered and other resources to understand the importance of being counted.

For questions regarding the Census efforts throughout Dallas County email: info@dallascensus.com or call 469.491.9308.

Mesquite, Texas

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.

Click here to listen to Mayor Bruce Archer speak to Jeff Armstrong, Director of Planning and Development Services, on KEOM’s Community Focus program about the Census and the importance of every Mesquite resident being counted.

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

  • A 1% undercount of the Mesquite population may result in a loss of $3 million federal dollars locally.
  • 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.

For questions about about the Census in Mesquite, please email census2020@cityofmesquite.com


Mesquite Census News

Mesquite Mayor Archer discusses Census 2020 on KEOM

Mesquite, TX – February 26, 2020 – Mesquite continues its message “I Count. You Count. We ALL Count.” about the importance of each of its residents participating in the 2020 Census. Mayor Bruce Archer recently hosted an interview on KEOM 88.5 FM’s Community Focus segment to discuss the topic. The interview is available at www.cityofmesquite.com/radio.

Mayor Archer spoke with Jeff Armstrong, Director of Planning and Development Services, about the impact of every Mesquite household completing a 2020 Census. Mesquite estimates for every 1% undercount of its total population, it could cost the community more than $3 million in federal funds. Those funds could be used for healthcare, transportation, education and other local programs.

Armstrong explained that there will be three options for responding. This includes online, by phone or by mail. He indicated that Mesquite and all communities are encouraging their residents to complete it online, if possible, to help with faster data collection and to quickly address undercounted areas. Armstrong said, “The Census will be available in 13 different languages online and the Census Bureau will provide support in 59 different languages.”

The radio segment reminds listeners that responses are safe, secure and protected by federal law. And, all information in the responses can’t be used against anyone, in any way.

The United States Census Bureau plans to begin mailing 2020 Census information during March. And, will have Census takers begin to go into areas and neighborhoods during May to address undercounted locations. All Census Bureau workers carry official government badges. The public can call the Regional Census Center at 972-510-1800 to verify a census worker’s identification.

For more information on the 2020 Census, email census2020@cityofmesquite.com.

Census takers will be in Mesquite neighborhoods

Mesquite, TX – August 1, 2020- As part of its Nonresponse Follow-up Operation, the U.S. Census Bureau is visiting every household that has not already responded to the 2020 Census to ensure a complete and accurate count. Complete your Census:

By texting icount2020 to 313131

Online at https://my2020census.gov/

By phone at 844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish

If someone visits to collect information for the 2020 Census, residents are encouraged to check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo. To verify their identity, residents can contact the Dallas Regional Census Center at 972-510-1800 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

Census takers will ask a few questions and will enter the answers on their secure Census Bureau smart phone. If a family member is not home when the census taker visits, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online or by phone. As necessary, they will make additional visits to collect responses from the household. Census takers will follow social distancing protocols and all applicable state and local requirements with regard to health and safety. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Money or donations.

In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.