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Census 2020

Census 101

About the 2020 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!

Money and Power

The 2020 Census will decide how billions of federal dollars are distributed in California. An undercount could impact funding for our schools, health services, child care, emergency services and many other programs.

The 2020 Census will decide the number of California’s Congressional members and Electoral College votes. A complete count means more people in power who truly represent and advocate for our communities.

Safe and Confidential

The 2020 Census is an opportunity for every Californian to shape our future. Your Census responses are safe and secure. Information collected as part of the 2020 Census cannot be shared with or by other governmental agencies or used against you in any way.

How to Complete the Census

Online: For the first time, the Census form will be available to complete online in 13 languages.

By Phone: The Census can be completed by phone in 13 languages including Telecommunication Device for the Deaf.

By Mail: The paper Census form will be available in English and Spanish languages and can be mailed back to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Census FAQs
California is committed to a complete and accurate count that is inclusive of everyone, regardless of immigration or citizenship status. California has invested more resources than any other state to ensure our outreach and education efforts are robust and effective. California is committed to working with partners to monitor federal efforts, dispel fear and misinformation, and ensure all Californians understand their protections under Title 13.


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