Why The Census Matters

There’s a lot at stake in the 2020 Census and our communities can’t afford an undercount. Essential neighborhood resources throughout California rely on federal funding that is based on the information collected during the Census.

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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.

  • Improve local schools
  • Enhance streets and roads
  • Build affordable housing
  • Increase jobs and business opportunities
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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.

  • Build new hospitals
  • Improve health services
  • Increase jobs and business opportunities

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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.

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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.

  • Reapportionment: redistribution of representation in a legislative body
  • Electoral College: a body of people representing the states who formally cast votes for the election of the President and Vice President
  • Redistricting: the act of dividing or organizing an area into new political or school districts

Historically Undercounted Communities

Many communities in California have been underrepresented or undercounted in past Censuses. An undercount means California is not getting its fair share of funding and representation since not everyone living in our state was counted. View the below map to see if your community is at risk of being undercounted.

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