What is the Census?

The U.S. Census is a national population count that takes place every 10 years. LA County’s goal for the 2020 Census is to count all its residents, regardless of age, race, ethnicity or citizenship status.

The Census Helps Improve our Communities

Information provided by completing your census survey helps decide how much federal funding your community will receive for schools and classrooms, hospitals and clinics, affordable housing, roads, child care centers, and senior service programs. More people counted means more money for your community over the next 10 years.

Three things to know:

  • Everyone must be counted!
  • The census helps make our communities better places to live.
  • The census is private (under current census laws, your responses are kept confidential and can only be used by the government to produce statistics).

Everyone Counts!

Everyone who lives in the United States must be counted in the census, regardless of their age, race or ethnicity, zip code, or immigration status. Everyone who lives with you must be counted – including all children. Whether you are a baby or adult, own or rent your home, are an immigrant, you must be counted.

It’s Easy!

Beginning in March, every household will receive a notice from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to complete the census survey online. The form can be completed in about 10 minutes either online, by mail or over the phone. You will be asked questions like your age and whether you own or rent your home. Every household should receive a letter requesting that they complete a census survey by Census Day on April 1, 2020.

What does the Census do with my Information?

The U.S. Census Bureau will collect the information provided and create statistics that will determine how much federal funding your community will receive in the next 10 years for schools, hospitals, transportation, social services, and more.

Key Dates:

March 12: The First Day to be Counted
LA County households will begin to receive mail from the U.S. Census Bureau with an invitation to complete the census form online. When the invitation arrives, you can immediately respond for your household online or by phone. Every household in Los Angeles should receive an invitation by April 1, 2020.
Mid-March: Get Help Completing your Form
Public locations known as “Questionnaire Action Kiosks” will open in libraries, community centers, and other locations in neighborhoods throughout LA County to provide you with help and an opportunity to fill out the census form.
April 1: Celebrate National Census Day
Join millions of people throughout the country by completing your census form online.
April 8-16: Be Counted by Mail
If you prefer to respond by mail, reminders and paper copies of the census form will be mailed to LA County households.
April 20-27: Last Reminder
Households that have not yet completed their census form will receive final reminder postcards before in-person visits from Census workers begin.
May-July: Household Visits
U.S. Census Bureau workers begin visiting households across LA County that have not completed a census form to make sure everyone is counted.
July 31: Last Day to Participate
Final deadline to submit your household’s census survey.
Want to learn more? Visit census.lacounty.gov.
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