FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is Census Day?

    • Census Day will be April 1, 2020.
    • Online response period will begin March 2020
  • Why should I participate in the Census?

    • Being counted is extremely important for our region.  Census data collected by enumeration is used for:
      • Determining the number of Congressional seats appropriated to each state
      • Drawing Congressional District boundaries
      • Business location decisions
      • Calculating education, unemployment, crime, and poverty rates
      • The allocation of over $675 billion through 132 government programs, including:
        • Head Start
        • Medicare
        • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
        • Highway spending
    • Note: On average, our region will lose $15,780 (per decade) per person that is not counted.
  • Is my information safe and confidential?

    • Yes.  Tittle 13 of the U.S Code ensures the protection and confidentiality of your information.  
      Title 13 ensures:
      • Private information is never published
      • Personal information cannot be used against respondents by any government agency or court
      • Every person with access to your data is sworn for life to protect your information
  • When will the McAllen Area Census Office (ACO) Open? 

    • The McAllen Area Census Office (ACO-3183) will open June 2019.
    • It will cover Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy County.
    • It will shut down August 2020
  • How can I respond to the 2020 Census Questionnaire?

    • Hidalgo County will have four primary methods of response:
      • Internet
      • Telephone
      • Paper/mail
  • How can I prepare for the 2020 Census?

    • Stay informed
    • Share information with friends and family
    • Participate in community engagment efforts
    • Encourage everyone to respond
  • Who can I contact for more information?