Census 2020

2020 Census


Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau collects data about every person living in the United States. A complete and accurate count of California’s population is essential. The data collected by the Census ensures that communities get the right number of representatives in government and it is used to determine the allocation of billions of dollars in federal, state and local funding. We believe every person counts. And we believe every person should get their fair share — especially little kids.

Here are just a few reasons why your participation in the census matters:

  • When you and your kids are part of the census count, the community receives its fair share of money for important programs like Medi-Cal, WIC, Head Start, the National School Lunch Program, CHIP, and child care.
  • The number of people your state has in Congress is based on the census count.

If you’re worried about privacy: Don’t be. The Census is completely confidential. By law, the Census cannot share your information with others. Breaking that law can cost a Census employee $250,000 in fines, five years in prison, or both. Rest assured, the Census won’t share any of your information with your landlord or with another government agency. Also, the Census won’t ask if you or others at your address are U.S. citizens.

Complete your census online at My2020Census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

Here are the Census fact sheets in English and Spanish:

Census Fact Sheet - English

Census Fact Sheet - Español