Census 2020

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.



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 Fact Sheet and Map - Pasadena

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.


Address Canvassing for the 2020 Census

How the U.S. Census works?


Census 2020 schedule of Events

  • 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
    Census Day!
  • 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.