The California Census Office has compiled the resources below to make it easier for partners and stakeholders to join the State’s efforts. Help spread the message about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census to communities throughout California.
California faces the greatest barriers in the nation to ensure an accurate count and thus receive a fair share of federal funding and Congressional representation. That’s why state leaders are devoting significant funding to the California Census Office’s strategic outreach and communication campaign, an effort will seek to reach more than 13.5 million households in California to raise awareness of the 2020 Census and motivate the hardest-to-count Californians to respond. Those that are considered hard-to-count (HTC) are least likely to respond to the Census questionnaire without specialized outreach and assistance.
General Resources - California Census Office
To help our partners and stakeholders spread the word about the 2020 Census, the State’s Census Office has created the following informational materials and resources. These documents are for general use relating to California’s 2020 Census efforts.
- About Us – California Complete Count – Census 2020
- About the California Complete Count Committee
- State Census Office Funding by the Numbers
- State Census Office Funding Timeline
- California’s 2020 Census Efforts – How you can help
- Hard-to-Count Interactive Map – How to Run Your Own Data
- Identifying California’s Hard-to-Count in Census 2020
- Social Media for the 2020 Census
- Who’s my Regional Program Manager?
- California Census 2020 Regions Map
- California Department of Finance: Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA)
General Resources - U.S. Census Bureau
To help our partners and stakeholders, the California Census Office has compiled general resources from the U.S. Census Bureau on their efforts federally. For more information on the U.S. Census Bureau, go to https://www.census.gov.
- 2020 Census at a Glance
- 2020 Census Milestones and Timeline
- Census 101
- Glossary of Census Terms
- Race and Ethnicity
- Road to the 2020 Census
- Why We Ask Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Community Outreach Toolkit (PDF)
- Training and Workshops
- Report: Uses of Census Data in Federal Funds Distribution
Have questions about these U.S. Census Bureau materials? Contact them directly.
Resources for Specific Audiences - California Census Office
In addition to the general resources above, the California Census Office has compiled tools specific to the following groups:
- Local governments (cities/counties)
- Local Complete Count Committees
- Tribal Governments
- Social Media
California Complete Count – 2000 and 2010
- Census 2010 Report: Counting 2010 and Planning for 2020
- Census 2000 Report: Counting all Californians 2000
- 2020 Census Information Collection – California Department of Finance response to the Federal Register (Vol. 83, No. 111) request for comments on the 2020 Census Proposed Information Collection
Funding Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to view a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions on Funding.
The California Hard-to-Count Interactive Map
Many California residents live in areas that, based on demographic, socioeconomic and housing characteristics, may be hard to count in the 2020 Census.
The California Census Office has created this interactive map that shows California census tracts and block groups shaded by their California Hard-to-Count Index, a metric that incorporates 14 variables correlated with an area being difficult to enumerate.
Census tracts and block groups with higher CA-HTC indexes likely will pose significant challenges to enumerate in 2020, while tracts and block groups with lower indexes should be easier to count.
Accountability, Transparency and Reporting
The Census Office is committed to transparent operations. As relevant information becomes available, Census Office staff routinely provide updates to local and Tribal governments, the Census Bureau, key partners, and other stakeholders through regular meetings and reports. The Census Office regularly updates the state Census website with critical information, including funding plans, applicable timelines, staffing information and other operational information.
The Office will continue to share financial information, such as expenditures, encumbrances, operational plans and accomplishments via its website and quarterly reports to the Legislature and Governor’s Office. In addition, the Census Office will collaborate with the Office of State Audits and Evaluations for oversight of financial contracts and Census Office resource utilization.
To view the Census Office reports, click here.
California Census Office Headquarters - Sacramento
400 R St., Suite 359
Sacramento, CA 95811
Please visit our Contact Us page for more information.
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