You Count! Please Participate
What is the Census?
The Census is a short and quick survey that is taken every ten years to count every person in the U.S.
When is the Census?
The Census will take place from March 12 – April 20. If the Census does not receive an account for your house, an enumerator (Census Employee) will be sent out door to door in May.
How long is the survey?
The survey is only ten questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
What kind of questions are on the Census?
How many people are living in your home?
Whether the home is owned or rented?
Your telephone number?
About the sex of each person in the home?
About the age of each person in the home?
About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
About the relationship of each person in the home?
Why do we take a Census?
Results of the Census directly impacts how much representation we get in the government!
Such as: how many Congress members each state gets in the House of Representatives AND congressional, state senate, and state assembly district lines.
Census Data determines how more than $675 BILLION of the federal budget gets spent!
This money goes to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, social services, and so many more resources.
In California specifically, 1/3 of our state budget comes from the federal government to pay for programs like Medi-Cal, public education, housing infrastructure, and housing assistance programs.
The Census provides data that lawmakers, business owners, and many others use to provide services, products, and support for YOU and your community.
IT’S IN THE CONSTITUTION!
Article 1, Section 2 MANDATES that the country conducts a count of its population once every 10 years.
Where do you take the Census?
By a Paper Form
For the first time in history, you can fill out the Census online! You can do so on any phone, tablet, or computer with internet connection.
You can also call the Census Bureau and fill it out verbally OR request a paper copy to send to the Census Bureau directly.
Looking for a location to take the Census?
Visit one of these two kiosks in the Inland Empire.
Inland Empire United Way
9624 Hermosa Ave. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
United Way of the Inland Valleys
1835 Chicago Ave. B., Riverside, CA 92507
Who needs to take the Census?
Not sure how you count?
Check out one of the special circumstances below for more information.
If you are experiencing a housing crisis, it is important that you get counted too!
Here how you can get counted:
March 30: Counting people in shelters
March 31: Counting people at soup kitchens and mobile food vans
April 1: Counting people in non-sheltered, outdoor locations; such as, tent encampments and on the streets
You SHOULD fill out the Census, even if you are an undocumented immigrant.
Keep in mind there is NO citizenship question.
You are protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code that your information MUST be kept CONFIDENTIAL
Staying with family or friends?
The head of the household should count everyone who lives and sleeps there most of the time. (Even if is temporary, but the person does not have an otherwise permanent residence.)
This includes families/friends who are doubled up, roommates, young children, newborns, etc.
Only college students who are living AWAY from home should be counted in the on- or off- campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
Is the Census safe?
Title 13 of the U.S. Code is REQUIRED to keep your information safe.
The Census Bureau CANNOT release any identifiable, confidential information about you or your home.
Your answers CANNOT be used against you by any government agency or court (including ICE, the FBI or Law Enforcement).
Need help taking the Census?
Text PLEDGE to 211-211 to find an assistance center or kiosk near you!
Need more info?
Visit one of the websites below for more information: