Stay informed about the Census:
While California acted quickly to set aside $1.1 billion in state funds to help Californians respond to spread of the coronavirus, Census data will determine whether California gets its share of the billions of federal dollars that will be distributed across the U.S. for the next 10 years. By completing the Census, in just 10 minutes, you can bring $10,000 back to your community for 10 years.
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Census:
Is it Safe?
Yes. When completing the Census you won't be asked to share any sensitive information, like immigration status or social security number. Everyone's personal Census data is protected by law, and your identity will be kept anonymous. By federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share your name or responses with anyone, including law enforcement, your landlord, Homeland Security, ICE or any other government agency, and your responses can never be used against you.
Is it Hard to Complete? Will it take a lot of time?
No, completing the Census is quick and easy. And this year's 2020 Census is the first to allow folks to fill it out online at my2020census.gov. You can also complete the Census by phone by calling 844-330-2020 (for non-English language hotlines, click here). And you can, if you prefer, complete your Census on a paper form and mail it in. Households that have not completed the online Census by April 1 will begin to receive paper surveys in the mail starting April 8.
Who do I include in my household's response?
EVERYONE. Everyone living in your household should be counted — no matter whether or not they are related to you, and no matter what their immigration status, age, or criminal history is. Make sure to count any roommates, babies and young children, renters, extended relatives, friends, or workmates who live in your home most of the time. College students who typically live away from home for school should get counted at their college address, even if they are currently home due to the coronavirus. If they did not get their Census letter in the mail due to moving, they can still fill out the survey online or by phone.
If you haven't done so yet, complete the Census right now online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.
Online: For the first time, the Census form will be available to complete online. The online Census form is available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.
Participate now: my2020census.gov
By Phone: To compete the 2020 Census by phone, call the U.S. Census Bureau at the numbers listed below for in-language phone assistance.
English -- 844-330-2020
Arabic -- 844-416-2020
Chinese – Cantonese / 粤语 -- 844-398-2020
Chinese – Mandarin / 普通话 -- 844-391-2020
French / Français -- 844-494-2020
Haitian Creole / Kreyòl Ayisyen -- 844-477-2020
Japanese / 日本語 -- 844-460-2020
Korean /한국어 -- 844-392-2020
Polish / Polski -- 844-479-2020
Portuguese / Português -- 844-474-2020
Russian / Русский -- 844-417-2020
Spanish / Español -- 844-468-2020
Tagalog / Tagalog -- 844-478-2020
Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt -- 844-461-2020
Telephone Display Device (TDD) -- 844-467-2020
*Language Guides are also available in 59 languages: www.2020census.gov/en/languages.html
Whichever you choose, just be sure you are counted in the Census. Ten minutes of your time can shape the next 10 years!
U.S. Census Bureau
- The 2020 Census at a Glance
- 2020 Census Key Dates
- 2020 Census Operational Plan
- Census 101: What You Need to Know
- The Road to 2020
- Response Outreach Area Mapper
- Response Outreach Area Mapper Guide
- 2020 Census CA Fact Sheet
- Wave 1 Area Census Offices
CA Complete Count
- Executive Order B-49-87 establishing the California Complete Count Committee
- PowerPoint presented at the first Joint Informational Hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on the Census and the Senate Select Committee on the 2020 United State Census on May 22, 2018
- January 2019 Report to the Legislature
- Counting 2010 and Planning for 2020: Final Report
- Counting 2010 and Planning for 2020: Report Highlights