About Census 2020
What is a census and why is it important?
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
June 27, 2019 - In a Win for Hard to Count Communities, the U.S. Supreme Court Rejects the Trump Administration’s Explanation for Including the Citizenship Question in The 2020 Us Census, Sending Case Back to Lower Courts.
How Does the Census Benefit Your Community?
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in your community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:
- Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
- Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
- Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
- Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
What should I know about the 2020 Census?
- It's about fair representation
- Taking part is your civic duty
- You can help
- It's about redistricting
- Everyone counts
- Your data are confidential
Hard to Count
Hard To Count Populations include:
Renters, young men, children, African Americans, and Latinos (totals 72% of California population)
Census boundaries for hard to count area of Pasadena. Washington to the North, Colorado to the South, Los Robles to the East and Fair Oaks/Orange Grove/210 to the West.
- MARCH 12-20
Invitations to complete the 2020 census questionnaire online will be mailed.
- MARCH 16-24
Reminder letters will be mailed.
- MARCH 26 - APRIL 3
Reminder postcard will be mailed.
- APRIL 1
- APRIL 8-16
Another reminder and hard copy questionnaire will be mailed.
- APRIL 20-27
Final postcards will be mailed before an in-person follow-up.