Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

Census 2020: We Need a Complete Count in Florida

Publication date: 
July, 2020

A one-page infographic on the fiscal and electoral reasons why an accurate 2020 Census count is essential for Florida.

Below is the data from the sheet. Be sure to also review the full infographic.


2020 Census

We Need a Complete Count in Florida

Data collected in the 2020 Census will directly affect Florida.

Our share over the next decade of the annual federal distribution of $700 billion.

  • $13 billion: Foundation and individual giving in Florida
  • $33 billion: Federal dollars Florida receives
  • $91 billion: Florida's budget

Our representation in Congress and electoral college votes.

  • 6.3%: The nation's population growth between 2010 & 2019
  • 14.2%: Florida's population growth over the same period
  • 2 Seats: Expected growth in Florida's Congressional representation based on Census Bureau forecasting

Philanthropy is essential to building a better Florida, but it cannot substitute for federal support.

It's philanthropy's civic responsibility to help maximize our state's share of federal funds by supporting an accurate count.

Florida needs to have an accurate and complete count to get the resources and representation it deserves.

2010 Census

A Review of What We Can Improve

  • 26%: Percentage of total Floridians not counted
  • $949: Average amount Florida missed out on for every resident not counted
  • $178 million: Estimated total funding Florida missed out on due to undercount

Frequently Asked Questions & Resources

Where do people fill out the online form?  Visit www.my2020census.gov to begin.

What is the deadline to respond to the Census? Census takers will interview homes who have not responded to the Census between August 11 and October 31. Everyone is encouraged to respond as soon as they can.

How do I learn more about Census efforts in Florida? Visit www.flcounts.com to learn more.

Where can I get a map of hard-to-count areas of my community? The CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research developed a map available at www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us.

How is FPN ensuring an accurate count in Florida? Visit www.fpnetwork.org/census-2020 to learn about our efforts and find resources for your organization.

Do you have questions or want to get involved? Email Geula Ferguson, director of programs.

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