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2020 Census

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What is the Census?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau sets out to count every person living in the United States regardless of age, citizenship status, or gender. Getting the 2020 Census right is important for all our communities.

Participate Starting March 12

  •   Online:
  •   By phone:
    • English:1-844-330-2020
    • Español: 1-844-468-2020
    • Tiếng Việt: 1-844-461-2020
  •   By mail: request a paper questionnaire

Important Dates

  • March 1, 2020: Census questionnaire assistance is available via phone in 12 languages.
  • March 12, 2020: Participate in the census early online.
  • April 1, 2020: Census Day - Participate in the census online, by phone, or by mail.
  • May 1, 2020: People experiencing homelessness will be counted at shelters, at locations that provide services to them, and at select outdoor locations.
  • May 28 – August 14, 2020: People who have not responded to the census will receive reminders and/or personal visits.
  • September 30, 2020: Census data collection ends. 

Why is it important?

Services such as health, housing, transportation, education, child services, and more, are provided with $675-billion in annual federal funding. California gets a portion of this money depending on the number of people who fill out the Census.

Census data is also used to:

  • Allocate the number of representatives in Congress among states
  • Draw districts for state and local elections
  • Draw the congressional district boundaries
  • Plan where to build schools, hospitals, businesses, homes, public transit, and more

Census Links