Every 10 years, every resident in the United States is counted, providing valuable statistics and information about the status of our communities, and our country. The census counts our population and households, distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs.
Why Does It Matter?
Census data shape the future of our community and future generations. Census data determine our political power, representation in congress, and funding for education, transportation, healthcare, and so much more.
- Fair Representation & Political Power– Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets. The results are also used for redistricting which is designed to ensure that Congress and state legislatures are representative of the communities they serve.
- Funding in Our Community – The results of the census are used to support federal funding in our community. Federal funding supports programs that are crucial to the well-being of all families, including health, transportation, education, senior centers, public safety and housing. $675 billion will be distributed annually with $76 million of that being distributed annually to the state of California
How does the Census benefit working people?
Resources benefit everyone in our community and include good union jobs in areas such as the medical industry, trades, and public sector. The better we are counted, the better we are funded. Key federal programs also rely on data and allocations derived from the census, including:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Medicare Part B
- Highway Planning and Construction
- Section 8
- Title I Grants
- Special Education Grants (IDEA)
- State Children’s Health
How will we be counted?
When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you’ll receive either an invitation encouraging you to respond online or invitation along with a paper questionnaire. Once you receive your invitation in the mail, just follow the instructions on how to get counted!
When does the Census take place?
Beginning in mid-march, invitations to participate in the census will go out by mail. The Census will continue throughout the year with Census Day being observed nationally on April 1, 2020. Click here to view important dates. <<Link to important dates>>
- Never lie on a federal form
- Include everyone living in your household, including children ages 0-5
- Under the law, Census data can only be used for statistical purposes. Title 13 of the U.S. Code requires respondent’s information to be kept confidential, and guarantees personal information will not be used against respondents in court or by a government agency.