What is the Census?
The census is a process that happens once every 10 years in which the US Census Bureau counts EVERYONE living in the United States regardless of age, living situation, or immigration status.
Why does the Census matter?
Fair Funding for L.A. County. Census data determines how more than $1.5 trillion in federal government resources will be distributed to states and localities for the next 10 years. Your participation in the Census ensures Los Angeles receives the funding it deserves for important services and programs such as:
- Hospitals and health clinics
- Roads and bridges
- Schools and school lunches
- Immunizations for children
- Early childhood education
- Unemployment insurance administration
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Section 8 housing
- Senior nutrition programs
Fair Representation. The 2020 Census count also determines the number of representatives California has in the U.S. House of Representatives and the number of votes we have in the Electoral College. The more accurate the count, the more proportional California’s representation in our Federal Government will be to our population.
Who is affected?
Everyone Counts. Every person living in the United States, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, living situation, or immigration status is essential for the Census to accurately represent the United State’s population.
Census Data is for Everyone. Census data is also used by businesses, community initiatives, local governments and more to make decisions and move forward plans and policies to address challenges faced by their local community.
The Census Helps Fund Services We Need to Combat and Recover From Coronavirus. Filling out the census helps ensure that health services our communities depend on to fight this disease, like hospitals and emergency services, have enough resources. The census count will also be crucial to determining federal aid for recovery efforts.
How do I complete the Census?
You can complete the Census between now and October 31, 2020 online, by phone, or mail:
Online: The online response form can be accessed at https://my2020census.gov/.
Phone: The census questionnaire can be completed by phone in English at (844) 330-2020 or in 12 other languages (https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html)
Mail: By the end of April, all households will have received a paper questionnaire that they can complete and mail in for free in the provided envelope (https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-mail.html)