U.S. Census 2020 FAQ

Have questions about the census? We’re here to help. Below are the common questions and answers about why the census is so important and how to take part.

  • The census happens every 10 years and it’s when we count every person living in the U.S.
  • It’s important that EVERYONE living in your home is counted. This includes children, relatives and friends.
  • Completing the census form is easy. You will be asked about 10 questions like your age; the number of children in your home; and whether or not you are married.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau will send you a postcard in the mail instructing you to complete the survey online. If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can complete the census by mail or phone. Call 1-800-923-8282 for assistance.
  • It is important that every person living in your home is counted - including children.
  • When you take part in the census, you are doing what’s right for your family and your community. Every person counted by the census brings about $2,000 to Los Angeles County each year.
  • The census helps decide how much money your community will get for things like schools, hospitals and public transportation.
  • The census helps give you a voice in our government and makes sure you are represented fairly.
  • Don’t let your voice be silenced.
  • The census helps decide how much money Los Angeles County will receive from the federal government for things like schools, hospitals, affordable housing and job programs.
  • It’s so important that EVERYONE participates in the census. Be sure to count EVERYONE living in your house. This includes children, friends, relatives, citizens, and noncitizens.
  • Taking part in the census means you are doing your part to make the best possible future for your children and your family.
  • Taking part in the census means standing up and saying “I am here and I matter.” The census helps give you a voice in our government and makes sure you are represented fairly.
  • The census helps decide how many elected officials that Los Angeles County will send to Washington, D.C.
  • Don’t let anyone silence your voice. Let your voice be heard and take part in the census so you and your family are counted.
  • Your children, your family, and your neighbors have a lot to gain by taking part in the census. The census will be used to make important decisions that will affect your family and community for the next 10 years.
  • The census helps decide how much money Los Angeles County will receive from the federal government for things like schools, hospitals, affordable housing and job programs in your community.
  • Speak to your friends, neighbors and family members and remind them to count each and every person living in their household including children, friends, relatives — citizens and non-citizens. Make sure you are counted — the next generation depends on it.
  • YES, all children no matter their age must be counted. Children are the most undercounted group in the census. The census is important to our children and families. The census helps determine where millions of dollars will go for things in your community like building better schools, increasing access to child care and health care services, and creating programs for low-income families like school lunch programs and more affordable housing.
  • Your children and family have a lot to gain from the census. Be counted.
  • YES, the information you provide on the census form is private and the census is safe.
  • It is illegal for anyone to share your information and there are laws that prevent anyone from providing your information to anyone.
  • The Census Bureau can only use your response to create information about the general population, like how many people live in your city, and statistics about age, gender, and race. The Census Bureau cannot share information about you as an individual.
  • Make sure you ONLY fill out a census form with the official U.S. Census Bureau logo.
  • The official census form will NEVER ask for your Social Security number, banking or credit card information.
  • Census workers will only contact you by mail, telephone or in-person at your home. They will never contact you by email. Do not give your email address to a census worker or open any emails that claim to be from the Census Bureau.
  • If someone comes to your home and says they are from the Census Bureau, ask to see their identification and official U.S. Census Bureau badge.

We Count LA is a comprehensive outreach and communications campaign committed to promoting census participation among Los Angeles County’s diverse communities. We Count LA is comprised of dozens of community-based organizations (CBOs) that represent the wide demographic and geographic expanse of LA County.

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