California Census 2020

Sep 28, 2018
California Census 2020

Why is it important to have an accurate count

of California's population?

Only once each decade, the United States (U.S.) Census Bureau attempts to count every resident in the United States. The next enumeration will be April 1, 2020, and will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. In addition, the primary and perpetual problem facing the U.S. Census Bureau is the undercount of certain population groups. Foreign- born residents, undocumented residents, non-white residents, renters, and children under the age of 5 years old, especially those younger than one year old, comprise the most undercounted populations. California has more residents in each of these categories than any other state.

A complete and accurate count of California's population is esstential to the state because the data collected by the decennial Census determines the number of seats each state has in the United States House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities. More than 70 federal programs that benefit California, including education, health and human services, uses Census numbers as part of their funding formulas.

Governor Brown issued an Executive Order (B-49-18) describing California's Census 2020 initiative. In support of the overall Census outreach strategy, the Governor created an advisory committee, the California Complete Count Committee. The Calfornia Complete Count Committee is a panel of community leaders from across the state working to implement strategies that will increase the count of all Californians, especially those that are hard to count.

In addition, under the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, the California Census 2020 Complete Count Office is a statewide outreach and awareness campaign tasked to ensure an accurate and complete count of all California residents in the upcomign Federal Census 2020.

Mission: Ensure that Californians get their fair share of federal resources and Congressional representation by encouraging the full participation of all Californians in Census 2020.

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