When we are counted, we ensure our communities get the education, housing, infrastructure, health care, and social services we need.
ABOUT THE CENSUS
Every 10 years since 1790, Americans participate in the Census.
All of us get counted. And we all count.
Each one of us who gets counted in the 2020 Census, brings another $1,250 in resources to California.
This money goes to support all public programs, including roads, schools, hospitals, and many other services at all levels of government. An undercount impacts low-income and other hard-to-count communities the most.
According to the Advancement Project, 255,612 to 783,277 people living in San Diego and Imperial Counties are at risk of not being counted in 2020.
When we are not counted, that means funding for public services in our counties is lost.
For more information about the 2020 Census, please check out the US Census Bureau or CA Census.
HOW CAN I FILL OUT THE QUESTIONNAIRE?
While the 2020 Census will be the first to rely heavily on online responses, you will still be able to fill out the questionnaire by phone, by mail, or at a community run assistance center, before someone comes to your residence.
YOUR INFORMATION IS SAFE, SECURE, AND PROTECTED BY LAW
Your answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine personal eligibility for benefits. In addition, personal information cannot be used against respondents for the purposes of immigration enforcement. The United States Census Bureau (USCB) is required by law to protect any personal information it collects and keep it confidential. Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses, even to law enforcement agencies.
For online Census responses, the Census Bureau will encrypt response data twice. The first encryption occurs when you hit the submit button. The second set of encryption happens when the responses reach the Census Bureau’s database.
Encryption: Converting data into a form that cannot be easily understood by unauthorized people; the Census Bureau will use both encryption in-transit and encryption at rest for Census responses (NICCS).
WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS ARE ASKED ON THE CENSUS?
- How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020.
- Whether the home is owned or rented.
- About the sex of each person in your home.
- About the age of each person in your home.
- About the race of each person in your home.
- About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.
- About the relationship of each person in your home.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Don’t worry – you can still complete your Census form online without the ID number.
The 2020 Census questionnaire will NOT include a question about an individual’s citizenship status. If you have concerns about opening your doors, you can participate online and over the phone, from the comfort of your home or at a community run assistance center. Your participation is vital, and your information is protected.
Your answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine personal eligibility for government benefits. In addition, personal information cannot be used against respondents for the purposes of immigration enforcement.
The United States Census Bureau (USCB) is required by law to protect any personal information it collects and keep it confidential. Violating confidentiality or sharing the information other than for statistical purposes is a serious federal crime. Anyone who violates this law will face severe penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
Some federal funds, grants, and support to states, counties and communities are based on population. It is critical for everyone to be counted, regardless of immigration status. When you respond to the Census, you help your community get its fair share of federal funds.
Your response is required by law. If you do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person to collect your response.
Businesses use Census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use Census data to build new homes and revitalize neighborhoods. Local governments use Census data for public safety and emergency preparedness.
Yes, you should include all children who live in your home. You should include children who split their time between homes, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020. Please include also newborn babies, even those who are born on April 1, 2020, or who are still in the hospital on this date.
Every child born on or before April 1, 2020 should be counted.
If you are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin you can select a more detailed category Mexican/Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban or Other Latino and provide a written answer (for example Dominican, Salvadoran, etc.). While you can select more than one Latino national origin group, the Bureau will only report one Latino origin group when publishing the data and they will choose arbitrarily.
With the race question, you can select one or more race categories with which you identify. If none are applicable, you can select “some other race.”
It is critical to be cautious of any requests that seem suspicious. USCB field staff will always show a valid Census Bureau ID. They will never ask for payment or donation to fill out the questionnaire. They will never ask for your social security number, any financial information or anything on behalf of a political party. It is a federal crime to impersonate a federal official, anyone who violates this law is subject to imprisonment.
If you suspect fraud, call 800-992-3530 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.