The 2020 US Census is fast approaching. The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. For the first time ever, the US Census will be available online. By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census. You'll then have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. Until then, we are trying to help spread the word about the importance of the Census.
Why It Matters
Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. Police Officers. Parks. Census data provides funding for services & infrastructure in our community, including healthcare, transportation, political representation, roads, schools & housing. $675 billion+ in federal funds flows back to states & cities based on this data. The amount of federal funding that our Monterey Peninsula communities receive is based off of this count.
- What is the US Census?
- When will the Census Take Place?
- Who Should Be Counted?
- Is Census data confidential?
What is the U.S. Census?
The U.S. Constitution requires a headcount every ten years of each person, including children and undocumented immigrants, in the United States. The information gathered from the census survey is incredibly important as it determines the number of U.S. Representatives each state has in the House of Representatives and how $675 billion should be distributed each year to states and local governments.
When will the census count take place?
The Census will begin recording responses in April 2020. For the first time, the Census Bureau will permit respondents to answer the survey online, by mail, or by phone.
Who should be counted?
Absolutely everyone! People of all ages, races, ethnicities, citizens and non-citizens should be included in the survey count.
Is Census data confidential?
Yes, Census responses are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. The Census Bureau will never share personal information with immigration or law enforcement agencies. Employees of the Census Bureau also swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent data.
What You Can Do
Our communities have had a hard time ensuring everyone is counted. Some don’t think it’s important. Some have concerns about the security of the information. Whatever the reason, every response counts. Enclosed you will find information that can be shared with members of your organization, either in print, or via digital methods. Information about why the Census is important, how secure the information is, and more. Please use this toolkit to share the importance of the Census and help us count everyone, which in turn will help our community.
GENERAL RESOURCES - CALIFORNIA CENSUS OFFICE
To help our partners and stakeholders spread the word about the 2020 Census, the State’s Census Office has created the following informational materials and resources. These documents are for general use relating to California’s 2020 Census efforts.
- About Us – California Complete Count – Census 2020 (PDF)
- About the California Complete Count Committee (PDF)
- State Census Office Funding by the Numbers (PDF)
- California’s 2020 Census Efforts – How you can help (PDF)
- Hard-to-Count Interactive Map – How to Run Your Own Data (PDF)
- Identifying California’s Hard-to-Count in Census 2020
- Social Media for the 2020 Census
- Who’s my Regional Program Manager?
- California Census 2020 Regions Map
- SwORD Mapping Portal FAQs
- California Department of Finance: Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA)
- 2020 Census Disability Community Toolkit
How the U.S. Census Works (Video)