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.
Important Facts about the Census
Every Californian counts. The Census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. This data is used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to state and local governments.
It’s about fair representation: every 10 years, the results of the Census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
It’s a civic duty: completing the Census is mandatory and it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say: “My story counts!”
It’s about redistricting: after each decade’s Census, state officials redraw the boundaries of the congressional and state legislative districts in their states to account for population shifts.
Your data is confidential: federal law protects your Census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics.
Participate in the Census
Let’s ensure all Californians are counted so we can put those resources to good use here at home!
There are three ways to complete the census
- ONLINE: For the first time, the Census form is available to complete online in 13 languages. Go to https://my2020census.gov/ to fill it out.
- PHONE: The Census can be completed by phone in 13 languages. Complete the census by calling the numbers available here.
- MAIL: Limited addresses will receive paper forms. Your 2020 Census data is safe, protected and confidential. Starting in mid-March 2020, each household will get a letter in the mail. It will explain the different ways you can fill out the Census. If you don’t receive a letter, you can still go online or call to fill it out. Be sure you include any person living in your household, family or not.