You count! Three great reasons to take part: Census 2020.
The U.S. census has begun and every living person residing in the U.S. on April 1 — regardless of age, legal status or permanent residence — should be counted. Here are three great reasons why your participation is essential.
Reason 1: Help your community get its fair share
A complete count means more funding for local communities and fair representation in Congress for California.
Reason 2: Increase resources for college students
The census drives federal money for student loans, investment in higher education, affordable housing, and where businesses locate jobs.
Reason 3: Build a California where everyone counts
An accurate count means delivering services, building new infrastructure and providing money and resources for everyone, including those who are not eligible to vote.
What the census asks
When you receive your form, you’ll see that it includes nine questions including:
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Ethnic and racial background
- Number of people in your household
There is no citizenship question and the information you provide is completely confidential. It cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration or any other agency, or used for any purpose other than the census.
Complete it online!
This is the first time that it’s been possible to participate in the census online. Complete your form in just a few minutes. Completing your form online also helps minimize the need for door-to-door census taking.
Don’t speak English? Don’t worry.
Paper forms are available in English and Spanish, and resources are available online for 50+ languages.
If there’s a college student in your family…
Your student will be counted with their college address, not your home address.
Learn more about the census
Check out these great resources to inform yourself and your loved ones.
- National LBGTQ Task Force guide to the 2020 Census
- United We Dream’s guide to the Census(Immigrants and undocumented students and families)
- S. 2020 Census
- California Census