It’s about money and power. Data gathered in the U.S. Census is used by government and businesses to allocate funding and political representation for the next 10 years.
San Francisco has a lot to gain… and a lot to lose. In 2020:
Each person counted represents $20,000 that will—or won’t—go into our community programs over the next ten years, putting potentially $17,687,260,000 into our city—or not—for affordable housing, healthy food, healthcare, public schools, fostercare, free meals, job training, essential emergency services, roads, preschools, and more.
For the first time ever in U.S. history, California is in danger of losing a seat in the House of Representatives if enough people don’t fill out the Census.
Until the U.S. Census Begins
How to take the Census
2020 is the first Census available to everyone online. You can use a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The Census Bureau will provide video tutorials in 59 languages as to how to complete the survey online.
No internet access? No computer or smartphone? Not really comfortable on the interwebs? No problem. Call and complete your Census survey over the phone, even if you’re hearing impaired.
Prefer snail mail? You got it. The Census can also be completed in paper form (in English or Spanish), and mailed to the Census Bureau.
Trusted community organizations—including many Art+Action Coalition Partners—will offer in-person Census Hubs or be at local events to help you complete your 2020 Census. Check the map below or attend Art+Action’s events to access a Census Hub near you.
The Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States every 10 years. The census counts EVERYONE, including newborns and seniors, homeless people, immigrants, and people who don’t speak English. We all should do the census in March 2020.
You can do the census online, by phone, or by mail. Most people will get a letter from the Census Bureau with instructions on how to do the census online and over the phone.
The first way to do the census is online. The online census will be in 13 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
People can do the census over the phone, too. The languages available for doing the census by phone are: Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
If you do not complete the census online or by phone, the Census Bureau might send you a paper form in the mail. These forms will arrive in mid-April and will be in English. You can request a paper form in Spanish from the Census Bureau.
You can do the census online, by phone, or by mail at any point between mid-March and the end of July 2020. If you don’t do the census, a Census Bureau worker may come to your home to help you complete it in person. Census workers come in May, June, or July of 2020.
Even if you don’t get a letter from the Census Bureau, you can and should do the census! Anyone can do the census online or by phone from mid-March to late July 2020. No PIN or ID number is necessary to do the census.
The census asks 9 simple questions about you and the people living in your household. The census will ask you how many people live with you and if you own or rent your house. It will also ask you for your name, sex, age, birthday, ethnicity and race.