2020 Census: Everybody Counts
Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person in the U.S. and these numbers are used to help decide how billions of dollars reach families and schools. This year is one of those years and it will be the first year to rely heavily on online responses.
Here are some interesting facts about the census provided by the Santa Clara County Office of Education in case friends, peers, and families ask you for information about the census:
- The census counts everyone living in the United States, regardless of immigration status.
- The census does not ask about immigration status.
- Your identity remains anonymous. Any personal information you provide on the census form is protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone or any other federal agency.
- Regardless of your immigration status, the information cannot be used against you or to invade the privacy of you or any members of your family.
- California schools receive over $7 billion in federal funding, which is impacted by a complete and accurate census count. Census numbers are used to allocate, monitor, and evaluate education programs.
- Participating in the 2020 Census ensures that you and your communities have fair representation. The 2020 Census will determine the number of representatives California has in the U.S. House of Representatives and the number of votes we have in the Electoral College. Census data will also be used to redraw State Assembly and Senate boundaries.
- The 2020 Census is safe and secure.
- The Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses even to law enforcement agencies. (Title 13 of the U.S. Code)
- Census information can only be released after 72 years. (Title 44 of the U.S. Code)
- All U.S. Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect your personal information, and any violations come with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up to 5 years of prison.
- A Census worker will never ask for donations or money, a full social security number, any type of funds on behalf of a political party, your mother’s maiden name, credit card numbers, or full bank account numbers.
- Census workers have a Census Bureau I.D. badge with name, photo, Department of Commence watermark, and date of expiration.
Invitations to complete the census will be mailed out in March. Below is the timeline for the census:
March 12-20 - Invitations Mailed
March 16-24 - Reminder Letters
March 26-April 3 - Reminder Postcard
April 1 - Census Day
April 8-16 - Hard Copy Census Mailed
April 20-27 - Final Postcards Mailed
Let’s help to remind people that everybody counts — including young children. For more information, please visit the 2020 Census website.