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2020 Census – Be Counted!

The 2020 Census

Starting today, Californians will begin receiving invitations to participate in the 2020 Census from the U.S. Census Bureau. This marks the official beginning of the historic count that will determine the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding and state and political representation in the next decade.

Every Californian can now respond to the Census online at https://my2020census.gov and by phone by calling the numbers included below. California’s Census outreach and media campaign is led by the California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office and comprised of hundreds of regional and statewide partners. The state’s comprehensive outreach and multi-media campaign encourages all Californians to participate in the Census as soon as possible and provides them with culturally sensitive and in-language support.

What Californians Need to Know About the 2020 Census:

  • The Census is a simple, confidential 9 question survey
  • Questions include: name, address, sex, race, ethnicity, age, and whether you own or rent the home
  • Californians should self-identify in regard to race, ethnicity, and gender
  • Make sure you count everyone in your home, including any friends or family members who are living and sleeping there most of the time
  • The Census Bureau will never ask about your citizenship status, or for sensitive information like your social security number, bank accounts, or payments/donations.
  • The Census Bureau will never reach out to you on behalf of a political party
  • Your responses to the Census are protected by law and cannot be shared with, or used by, any other government agencies. Answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes, to determine eligibility for government benefits or immigration enforcement
  • For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit californiacensus.org

Why California’s Participation Counts:

Ensuring every California household participates in the Census is critically important. Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census determines how billions of dollars of federal funding are distributed to each state every year for education resources, affordable housing programs, nutrition, and health care services, and more. Estimates show that for every person uncounted, California could lose $1,000 a year for 10 years. That’s as much as $10,000 per person in funds lost over the next decade.

The Census also determines the state’s political representation through the number of representatives in the U.S. Congress and the California State Legislature. Participating in the Census can help ensure Californians’ voices are heard in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Fill Out the Form by Phone:

Language Line Toll-Free Number
English 844-330-2020
Spanish 844-468-2020
Chinese (Mandarin) 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese) 844-398-2020
Vietnamese 844-461-2020
Korean 844-392-2020
Russian 844-417-2020
Arabic 844-416-2020
Tagalog 844-478-2020
Polish 844-479-2020
French 844-494-2020
Haitian Creole 844-477-2020
Portuguese 844-474-2020
Japanese 844-460-2020
English (Puerto Rico residents) 844-418-2020
Spanish (Puerto Rico residents) 844-426-2020
Telephone Display Device (TDD) 844-467-2020

 

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As of March 12, all lines will begin live customer service representative support providing information about the 2020 Census and assistance with the questionnaire.

Callers to the English and Spanish language lines will be routed through the Interactive Voice Response system prior to being transferred to a customer service representative.
Callers to all other language lines will be greeted in that language by a customer service representative.

Support on all language lines will end on July 31, 2020.