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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 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 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:


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:


Whichever you choose, just be sure you are counted in the Census. Ten minutes of your time can shape the next 10 years!


Further Resources

U.S. Census Bureau

PDF Downloads (right click to save)

2020 Census

CA Complete Count

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2020 Census

2010 Census

2000 Census

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