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. Keep tabs on how many households in your community have responded to ensure they get their fair share. Watch video guides (in 63 languages) about how to complete the 2020 Census.
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.
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.
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.
The census plays an important role in everyone’s daily life. Governments and businesses use census data to decide:
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.
If you are doing the census for your household, you should count everyone who is living there on April 1, 2020. This includes all relatives, children and babies, and roommates.
The census will not ask about your or your family’s citizenship or immigration status.
You don’t have to be a citizen to do the census. The census counts everyone living in the United States, so we all should do it!
The Census Bureau is required by federal law to protect your information. The Census Bureau can only use your anonymous information for statistical purposes.
Census data is used in all kinds of ways that help our communities.
There are many organizations ready to answer your questions about the census. These organizations can also help you do the census.
The Census Bureau is hiring people to work part-time, flexible hours in San Francisco. Census jobs are temporary and will last for several weeks. You must submit your application by February 2020.
You can also get involved by sharing census information with your community.
When everybody does the census, San Francisco gets our fair share. This means funding for local services and the political representation we deserve.
You can do the census online, by phone, or by mail, starting in March 2020. Most people will get a letter from the Census Bureau with instructions on how to do the census online and over the phone.
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