What is the American Community Survey?

The American Community Survey is part of the census program. It collects more detailed information on housing, population, and the economy. Data are collected throughout the decade from a sample of the population (about 3 million addresses annually). Participation is mandatory by law.

Are college students counted in the Census?

College students living away from their parental homes are counted at the on-campus or off-campus residence where they live or sleep most of the time. If you live on campus, you will be counted with the help of campus housing officials through the U.S. Census Bureau’s group quarters program. If you live off-campus, you must complete the form on your own.

Do kids count in the Census?

Absolutely! Parents should include all children living in their home – including non-relatives and children with no other place to live, even if they are only living there temporarily. Parents should also include newborns who are still in the hospital. Children who split time between two homes should be counted at the home where they live and sleep most of the time. If the child spends equal amounts of time between two homes, count them where they stayed on April 1.

Are my answers to the Census safe and secure?

Your information is confidential. The Census Bureau collects data for statistical purposes only. They combine your responses with information from other households or businesses to produce statistics, which never identify your household, any person in your household, or business. Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information; violating this law is a crime with severe penalties. Other federal laws, including the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy Act, reinforce these protections. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000, imprisonment of up to five years, or both. It is against the law to disclose or publish names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and telephone numbers.

How can I identify Census scams?

The Census Bureau will never ask for a complete Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, your bank’s name or credit card numbers. When visiting a home, census workers must:

  • Present an ID badge that contains a photograph, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.
  • Provide supervisor contact information and/or the regional office phone number for verification, if asked.
  • Provide you with a letter from the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau on Census Bureau letterhead

Why do we have a Census?

The U.S. Constitution mandates a count every 10 years of everyone living in the United States. People of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens will be counted. The population totals from the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. States also use the totals to redraw their legislative districts. The totals also affect funding in your community. The information the Census Bureau collects helps determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding is spent each year for critical services like schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, emergency services, affordable housing, and much more. Participation in the Census is mandatory.

Where can I go to get school supplies?

The City of Deltona Fire Department will alter this year’s annual Back to School event to be drive-thru only, from 8 to 11 a m, Saturday, Aug. 8.

This year’s event will be at the Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex, 1200 Saxon Blvd., Deltona. Vehicles will enter the park from Saxon Boulevard and exit onto Section Line Trail.

For more information, call (386) 575-6906, or email backtoschoolfair@deltonafl.gov.

Where can I go for a free mask?

Votran has received 100,000 face masks, which staff has already begun distributing to riders and residents. These masks are available on buses and at Votran’s Transfer Plaza, 207 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach; and the Votran administrative office, 950 Big Tree Road, South Daytona.

Do I need an appointment to get a covid 19 test?

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County is offering free, COVID-19 testing by appointment. To make an appointment, people should call the location where they’d like to be tested between 8 a m and 5 p m, Monday through Friday. Appointments are being scheduled through Aug.7.

Testing will be available by appointment at these locations, weather permitting:

  • 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach. 386-274-0500 and press #.
  • 421 S. Keech Street, Daytona Beach. 386-871-3364
  • 717 W. Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. 386-871-3489
  • 775 Harley Strickland Blvd., Orange City. 386-871-3405