2020 Census

Welcome to the City of Sanford Website for the
2020 U.S. Decennial Census

The 2020 Census will be like no other census as residents can choose to respond to the census online, by phone, or by traditional paper questionnaire. Your response to the 2020 Census is strongly encouraged as this will help ensure an accurate and complete population count and achieve a greater than ever response rate to the census that will benefit all residents of Sanford for years to come.

An important reason for the census is that population numbers from the census determines allocation of billions of dollars in federal funds supporting states, local government, and communities with vital assistance for activities and programs such as neighborhood improvements, public health, housing assistance, education, and transportation. Census data will also determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and for redistricting state and local legislative districts.

If you have questions or need additional information regarding the 2020 Census, please email the City of Sanford 2020 Census Seminole County Complete Count Committee city appointee Lisa Holder at Lisa.  Additional information regarding the 2020 Census is available at the U.S. Census Bureau’s website at

On March 11, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau released this statement: “We must fulfill our constitutional obligation to deliver the 2020 Census counts to the President of the United States on schedule, and we must adhere to our core task of counting everyone once, only once, and in the right place. The key message right now for anyone with questions about how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census: It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.” (Source U.S. Census Bureau)

The 2020 Census is underway and ready for America to respond. For the first time, nearly everyone will be invited to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Responding Online - The Census Bureau has created this helpful link to assist residents in responding to the census online, which is the preferred way of responding to the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau is providing video guides narrated in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, to help people respond online, and print guides written in the 59 non-English languages to help people complete the English paper questionnaire. Guides are also available in Braille and large print English. Additionally, beginning March 12, the Census Bureau will offer live, non-English help by phone between 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. ET.

Along with the invitations, people can expect to find an overview of the census, a description of language assistance in English plus an additional 12 languages, and a census ID number linked to their address. Households in areas of the country that are less likely to respond via the internet will also receive a paper questionnaire in their first mailing, along with information on how to respond online.

If you receive an invitation different from the one at this link, it is not from the U.S. Census Bureau and should not be used.

Census Takers - Households that do not respond to the 2020 Census will receive a visit from a census taker beginning in May 2020 to assist in responding to the census. If someone claiming to be a census taker visits your residence prior to this date, you should not cooperate.

The Census has been a cornerstone of our democracy since the first national count in 1790. It is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online.

Seminole County Census Information 


 Response Outreach Area Mapper

Are you curious about how many people in Sanford are responding to the 2020 Census? Stay up-to-date with this map of self-response rates from across the United States.