Cities are critical to helping the U.S. Census Bureau reach hard-to-count Californians, and help residents receive their fair share of federal funds, census jobs, and congressional and state representation.
This toolkit includes tailored support materials and resources, which will be key in making your communications and outreach efforts effective. It is imperative that city leaders are well-equipped with information and resources – to ensure that every Californian is counted in the 2020 Census!
Because you know your city and residents best, you are uniquely positioned to ensure the people you care about are counted. We know the Census… and have compiled the toolkit below to help you plan and implement a successful outreach campaign in your city.
- U.S. Census Bureau: 2020 Census at a Glance
- U.S. Census Bureau: 2020 Census Timeline
- U.S. Census Bureau: Milestones and Timeline
- U.S. Census Bureau: Census 101
- U.S. Census Bureau: Census 101 for Students (PDF)
- U.S. Census Bureau: Community Outreach Toolkit (PDF)
- U.S. Census Bureau: Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census (PDF)
- U.S. Census Bureau: Identifying California’s Hard-to-Count in Census 2020
- U.S. Census Bureau: Providence, Rhode Island Testing Results and Infographic
- U.S. Census Bureau: Race and Ethnicity (PDF)
- U.S. Census Bureau: Why We Ask Fact Sheet (PDF)
Local Complete Count Committee Resources
- U.S. Census Bureau: Local Complete Count Committees – How to Get Involved (U.S. Census Bureau)
- U.S. Census Bureau: Local Complete Count Committees Program Brochure (PDF)
- U.S. Census Bureau: Local Complete Count Committees Program Guide (PDF)
- U.S. Census Bureau: Sample Complete Count Committee Work Plan (Word)
- U.S. Census Bureau: Census Bureau Training and Workshops
- U.S. Census Bureau: Census Bureau Complete Count Committee Contact: Los.Angeles.rcc.partnership@2020Census.gov
- California County Maps: 2016 Planning Database Low Response Score (LRS) by Census Tract
- Identifying California’s Hard-to-Count in Census 2020
- Interactive Map: California Hard-to-Count Index by Census Tract and Block Group
- Funding Methodology and Documents including FAQs
- U.S. Census Bureau: Report: Uses of Census Data in Federal Funds Distribution
- U.S. Census Bureau Contacts – Los Angeles Regional Office
- U.S. Census Bureau Jobs in California
U.S. Census Bureau News for Cities
- Census Bureau Reveals Fastest-Growing Large Cities
- Cities Partner With Census Bureau to Ensure a Complete Count
The National League of Cities has issued a municipal action guide for city leaders. The guide contains useful background information on the importance of the 2020 Census to local communities as well as tips for helping the U.S. Census Bureau complete an accurate count in every neighborhood.
U.S. Census Bureau FAQs
The decennial census counts each person in the country, where they live on April 1, every 10 years ending in zero. The last census was in 2010, and the next census will be in 2020.
Do I have to respond to the 2020 Census?
The census is so important that your response is required by law, and your answers are kept completely confidential. By the same law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics.
What authority does the Census Bureau have to collect my information?
We are conducting this survey under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141 and 193. You are not required to respond to this survey if it does not display a valid OMB approval number.
How is the privacy of respondents protected?
The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.
Are my responses confidential?
Yes. We take our responsibility to protect your information very seriously. The law puts in place very stringent measures to protect your information. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. All Web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy.
Search for these and many other Census 2020 FAQs on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Frequently Asked Questions database.