What Is the Census
Every 10 years, people across the country and in California fill out the Census in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. The Census determines California’s federal funding for important community services that help support our families and fair share of representation in California and Washington D.C.
The next Census is in Spring 2020. Let’s ensure all Californians are counted so we can put those resources to good use here at home!
Invitations MailedMarch 12-20
Invitations to complete the 2020 census questionnaire online will be mailed.
Reminder LettersMarch 16-24
Reminder letters will be mailed.
Reminder PostcardMarch 26 - April 3
Reminder postcard will be mailed.
Census DayApril 1
Hard Copy Census MailedApril 8-16
Another reminder and hard copy questionnaire will be mailed.
Final Postcards MailedApril 20-27
Final postcards will be mailed before an in-person follow-up.
Don’t Delay! Be sure to fill out your census form before April 30th.
When Is The Census
The 2020 Census will help decide how billions of dollars will reach our families. Your answers will help determine funding for dozens of programs that provide essential resources to Californians. Census data determines funding allocations for schools, child care programs, road maintenance projects and social assistance programs.
The 2020 Census will ensure the health and wellness of our families and neighborhoods. By filling out the form, your data informs where new hospitals are built, improve our health programs, and increase jobs and business opportunities.
Information collected during the 2020 Census can’t be shared or used against you in any way. 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.
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.