Every 10 years, the Census counts every person living in the United States with a survey. The count will determine how much money your community will receive annually for education, healthcare, head starts, housing, roads, emergency programs, social safety net programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC, Medi-cal and many more. The goal is to count EVERYONE!
When does the Census happen?
- March 2020: Surveys are mailed out asking households to respond to the census. Reminder letters will be sent out towards the end of the month.
- April 1, 2020: Census Day
- April 2020: Reminder postcards will be mailed to households who haven’t responded.
- May 2020: Census takers will visit households that have not responded.
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. By law, your census responses cannot be used against you by any government agency.
- The 2020 Census will not ask for a social security number or immigration status.
- The data collected from the Census is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly.
- The 2020 Census responses will shape the future of your communities.