What is the Census?
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs — housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. Census data is also used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Why the Census is Important to Our Community
Responding to the census is not only your civic duty, it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
- Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
- Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
- Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.
Alameda County receives ~60% of its revenue from Federal & State resources
California receives $76 billion in federal funding, based upon the state’s population
Federal Programs that Allocate Funds to CA Using Census Data
To download: Federal Programs funded by Census Data
Notification of the Census
Starting March 12th, look for a mailer at your address with an access code to complete the census. Census data is collected for a physical address and is not addressed to a family name. Therefore, you will not be looking for information addressed to "The Smith Family," but rather "All persons residing at 123 Census Way."
How To Respond to the Census
The 2020 Census can be completed 3 ways:
- Online (on a computer or mobile device)- 13 language options available
- Via telephone- 13 language options available
- On a paper form- beginning April 8th; available in English and Spanish only
The Census WILL ask:
- How many people live at the address
- Whether the property is owned or rented
- Phone number
and for each person living at a particular address, the Census
will ask for:
- Age and date of birth
- How the residents are related
The Census WILL NOT ask for:
- Immigration status
- Social Security numbers
- Financial status
- Any other government-issued records
- Money or donations
- Anything on behalf of a political party
- Your bank or credit card account numbers