For Contra Costa County Residents

Why it Matters?

It's in the Constitution

The decennial Census is mandated by the Constitution to determine the number of Representative each State gets in the U.S. House of Representatives. Census data ensure our political representation reflects the US population and is the foundation of our representative democracy. 

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Distribution of Federal Funds

The Census is also used to determine the distribution of billions of dollars for the next decade. It is estimated that for every person missed, state and local agencies loose $2,000/year.
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Census Data Shapes our Communities

Census Data is used by business groups, policy analysis, and non-profits to help development business plans, service areas, and policy decisions. The Census is the benchmark for the next decade of key decisions for our communities. 

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What to Expect in 2020

In March 2020, your household will receive an invitation to participate in the Census. You'll have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. Census Day is April 1, 2020. 

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Who Counts on my Census? 

To ensure a complete and accurate count, the Census Bureau counts people at their usual residence, which is the place where they live and sleep most of the time, with a few exceptions. People who do not have a usual residence should be counted where they are on Census Day (April 1, 2020).

The Census Bureau has special procedures to count people who live in more complex situations, including:

  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Students
  • People in correctional facilities
  • Service members
  • People living in shelters

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