Las Cruces 2020 Census
Calling all superheroes to be counted in the 2020 Census!
The 2020 Census is closer than you think! The U.S. Census happens every 10 years and counts every person living in the United States. The City of Las Cruces is providing this information as a public service to inform Las Cruces residents about the U.S. Census Bureau work occurring in our neighborhoods. We encourage all residents to participate in the census because the more accurate the count, the more federal funding the community will receive.
According to statistics provided by Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (August 2019), one percent of the population in Las Cruces represents 1,010 residents. If these residents aren’t counted in the census, then Las Cruces could lose $3,779,252. A 30 percent undercount represents 30,304 residents, which translates to a loss of $113,377,583 to the community of Las Cruces.
Federal funding for hospitals and healthcare, public safety, roads and highways, schools and education, and for the apportionment of congressional seats are all impacted by the census. An inaccurate count affects the community for the next 10 years until the next census occurs in 2030. The census is crucial to all members of the community and can impact their daily lives for years to come.
Be a hero for your family, for your neighborhood, and for Las Cruces, your count is crucial for:
How to Respond to the Census
The census is one of the government’s most important responsibilities and it helps decide where federal money is spent. You should respond to the census regardless of your immigration status, housing status, age, race, or ability.
Your Census responses are safe and Secure
The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information collected and keep it strictly confidential. The Census Bureau can only use your answers to produce statistics. In fact, every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. Your answers cannot be used to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits.
By law, your census responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
How and when can I respond?
March 2020: You will receive a postcard in the mail that invites you to respond online, by phone, or by mail. You can respond either online or on the phone in 13 languages. Some residents may also receive a paper census form in the mail at this time.
April 2020: You will receive reminders to complete the census, and if you haven’t completed the census by mid-April you will receive a paper census form in the mail. Census employees will visit nursing homes, colleges and universities, shelters, and other group living locations to help you complete the census at this time.
May 2020: If you have not responded to the census by May, Census Bureau employees will visit your home to help you complete the census in person. You are still able to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail throughout the month.
July 2020: Census operations and in-person visits will wrap up by the end of July.
Use the resources and quick links listed below to find information regarding the 2020 Census.
Las Cruces Census Office (Coming soon!)
New Mexico Counts 2020 – This site provides information for data, specialized toolkits, reports and briefs.
New Mexico Thrives – This site provides additional resources.
Hard-to-Count Communities Interactive Map
Certain parts of the country are identified as hard-to-count communities. Historically, these communities have had low census self-response rates and have depended on in-person visits to each non-responding household to be counted. Las Cruces is committed to helping its hard-to-count communities complete the 2020 Census.
You can visit Census 2020 Hard to Count Map to view hard-to-count communities in Las Cruces and the rest of the United States.