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 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.
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.