The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
Every person counts!
In the past, many communities have been left out of the census. People of color, immigrants, and children are among those most likely not to be counted. These communities have so much to gain! It’s important for everyone living in the U.S. to be counted - citizens and non-citizens, alike. If you live in California, you count in California.
Taking the 2020 Census:
The 2020 Census helps decide how billions of dollars will be allocated to California families. Your answers help determine funding for dozens of programs that provide essential resources. Census data determines funding allocations for schools, child care programs, road maintenance projects, social assistance programs, and so much more.
By filling out the form, your data informs where new hospitals are built, improves health programs, and increases jobs and business opportunities in your area.
Is Safe and Confidential
Your information is only used to generate statistics, it can’t be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies, and it can’t be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. Your privacy and security are taken seriously.
Provides a Voice for California
The 2020 Census will determine the number of representatives California has in the U.S. House of Representatives and the number of votes we have in the Electoral College. Your information will also be used to redraw State Assembly and Senate boundaries. Participating in the 2020 Census ensures that you and your communities have fair representation.
For more information on how to fill out the Census, visit their webpage.