What is the Census and why is it important?

The United States Census is a national population count that occurs every ten years.
Los Angeles County receives about $7 billion every year based on Census data for funding for critical programs such as: 

  • Medicaid
  • Education Programs
  • Child Welfare Programs
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • Transportation Projects
  • Older Adult Programs
  • and many more!
How can I complete the Census?

In March 2020, you will receive an invitation in the mail to participate in the Census online  or by telephone. This is the first Census to go digital, so you can fill out your household survey on your home computer or at any of the internet enabled Census Action Kiosks. Census Action Kiosk locations will be announced by February 2020. 

In May 2020, if you have not responded online or by phone, you will receive a paper form in the mail.

The U.S. Census Bureau will only visit homes that DO NOT respond to the Census.

Online and telephone options will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. Paper form will only be available in English and Spanish.

Is my information kept confidential?

Under Title 13, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. The law ensures that your private data is protected and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous: The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.

What will the Census survey ask me?

  • 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. 

It will NOT ask you for: 

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.
  • For more information on the Census survey, visit: https://2020census.gov/en/about-questions.html

Will there be a citizenship question?

There will NOT be a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census counts all people who reside in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

To view a sample copy of the Census survey, click here.