The United States Census is a national population count that occurs every ten years. It is a massive undertaking that relies on every person living in this country, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, to participate.
WHY THE CENSUS MATTERS
An accurate and complete 2020 Census count is vital to Los Angeles County. Census data is used to determine funding for programs and projects ranging from early childhood education to senior nutrition.
WHO GETS COUNTED?
Everyone! Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census counts all people who reside in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
WHERE CAN I BE COUNTED?
Online, by telephone, or via mail! This is the first Census to go digital, so you can fill out your household survey on your home computer or at any of the internet enabled Census Action Kiosks, which will be available at convenient locations across L.A. County.
WHEN IS THE CENSUS?
Starting in March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will mail letters to every household in the United States inviting all to respond to the Census survey. Every household should receive a letter requesting that they complete a census survey online, by mail, or phone by Census Day on April 1, 2020.
WHY DO WE HAVE A CENSUS?
The data collected from the Census is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly. The Census data determines how many congressional seats a state receives; how much federal funding will be allocated to local communities for public services and infrastructure needs; and provides a picture of the changing demographics of the country.