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2020 Census: Be Counted


Census 2020

Every 10 years, everyone living in the United States gets counted. It’s called the census.

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—our population, where we live, and so much more. More than $700 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year. These funds support vital community programs such as schools, hospitals, housing, and food assistance.

CSEA and our partners in the California labor movement are committed to educating and engaging our members and their families about the 2020 Census to ensure a fair and accurate count.

An undercount in the census could negatively impact good union jobs, Social Security benefits, losses in political representation and public services that benefit working families.

Who is counted in the census?

The census counts every person living in the United States regardless of their country of origin or immigration status. This includes children and newborn babies, grandparents, friends, nonrelatives, and everyone who is living or staying with you as of April 1, 2020.

Is it confidential?

Responses to the census are safe and confidential. Your information is protected by law and cannot be shared with other law enforcement agencies—not the FBI, ICE, or even local police. You will not be asked to provide your citizenship status.

How can you be counted?

The 2020 Census is easy and convenient. The census is available in many languages. Beginning April 1, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Census impacts our community

The 2020 Census is important for our community. Your answers to the 2020 Census will impact funding decisions for the next 10 years for important local services in our communities, including:

  • Schools
  • Health clinics
  • After-school programs
  • Public transportation
  • Roads
  • School lunch programs
  • Playgrounds
  • Community centers for seniors