The U.S. Constitution requires a Census of the American population every ten years. The next decennial Census will take place in 2020. Census information is vital for governments and communities, and is a valuable guide for future planning efforts. Results of the Census are used to apportion government representatives and allocate federal funding to local governments. In order to facilitate an accurate and successful Census, Palm Beach County is currently working with local and federal officials throughout the Census process. This page describes the Census timeline, and provides more information on the efforts completed so far. Information and data will be added to this page as it becomes available.
2020 Census at a Glance
2020 Census IPARC Presentation
The U.S. Census Bureau delivered 2020 population counts for apportionment on April 26, 2021. Data and information regarding the apportionment results can be found on the Census Webpage.
Other news releases from the Census can be found here
More information regarding Palm Beach County's 2020 Census efforts can be found here
Phase 1: Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program
What? Local governments review residential addresses
- When? March 12, 2018 to June 30, 2018
- To help ensure accurate count in Palm Beach County and help plan future needs
- To use for redistricting and to help distribute federal funds annually (more than $675 billion) for infrastructure, programs and services
Completed Part A: Submitted to Census on June 29, 2018
- 22 Cities in Palm Beach County registered directly with the Census
- 6 Cities partnered with the County
- 11 Cities did not register and will accept the County's residential address count for their jurisdiction
Census LUCA Program Website
Census LUCA PBC Summary
Completed Part B: Submitted Feedback to Census on October 3, 2019. Received response on December 30, 2019.
|Phase 2: Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)
- What? Review 2020 Census Tract and Block Group geography
- When? January 2019 to May 2019
- These boundaries will be the basis for future Census tabulations, and all American Community Survey data beyond 2020.
- Data used for grant applications to fund community/regional development, education, agriculture, energy and environmental programs as well as other needed community improvements and enhancements.
- All municipalities should review the proposed 2020 Census Tracts and Block Groups within their jurisdictions.
- Maps will be provided on this webpage in April 2019.
- Define areas in order to obtain meaningful and relevant small area statistical data from the Census.
Completed: Submitted to Census on May 30, 2019. Finalized changes with Census on April 10, 2020. Verification phase close out on September 9, 2020
Census PSAP Website
Census PSAP Information
Census PSAP Census Tract Guide
Census PSAP Block Group Guide
2020 Proposed Census Tracts and Block Groups Map
(Note: "Right-click" => Select "Save target as..." to download files):
2020 Proposed Census Tracts GIS shapefile
2020 Proposed Census Block Groups GIS Shapefile
|Phase 3: New Construction Program
- What? To update Census address list with new residential units built (or will be built) between March 1, 2018 and April 1, 2020
- Why? Helps to ensure an accurate population count in your community.
Completed: Submitted to Census on October 18, 2019
Census New Construction Program Website
2020 Census New Construction Program
The New Construction Program Schedule:
April - May 2019 - Invitation sent to eligible governments
June 14, 2019 - New Construction Program registration deadline
September 2019 - Registered participants receive/download materials
- November 22, 2019 - Final deadline for submitting addresses
December 2019 - Closeout materials sent to participants
|Phase 4: Complete Count Committee (CCC)
- What? To support and promote the 2020 Census
- Increase response rate
- Utilize local knowledge, expertise and influence
- Bring together a cross section of community members
Completed: April 2019 to April 2020
Census Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM)
BCC Establishes Complete Count Committee
Low Response Score Map
PBC Complete Count Committee Webpage
|Phase 5: Census Day
- What? Accurate count of every person living in the U.S.
- Why? Determine representation in Congress, demark boundaries for voting, and allocate federal funding
- How? Online, mail-back paper, calls, in-person
April 1, 2020 to October 15, 2020
How to complete the Census
Census Deadline Adjustments
Census Self-Response Rate
|Phase 6: Redistricting Data Program
What? Decennial population totals used for redistricting and reapportionment by local governments
The redistricting process allows local governments to submit (a) suggested legal boundary updates as well as updates to other geographic areas and (b) voting district boundary updates conducted through the non-partisan liaison designated by each state. In early 2021, the Census Bureau announced that the statutory deadline for the delivery of redistricting data used for redrawing districts was delayed from April 1, 2021 to September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and anomolies found in the census data. This delay will significantly compress the timeline for the County to develop updated Commission District boundaries, which is required by Florida Statute to be completed in an odd-numbered year.
Status: In Process April 2021 to Demember 2021
Census Redistricting Data Program
- BCC May 4, 2021: Redistricting Timeline
- BCC June 15, 2021: BCC approval of contract for consulting services for proposed Commission District boundaries and Board direction regarding redistricting criteria to be used
- 2021 Conceptual Timeline:
- Summer/Fall 2021: Staff and consultant establish redistricting program and parameters
- September 2021: U.S. Census Bureau releases 2020 Census Redistricting Data
- November 2,2021: BCC review of conceptual maps
- November 23, 2021: Permission to advertise an ordinance amending Commission District boundaries
- December 7, 2021: BCC adoption of an ordinance amending Commission District boundaries
For more data and general information regarding Census 2020, visit the U.S. Census Bureau webpage here:
2020 Census website
Palm Beach County Planning Home Page