A complete Census count REALLY matters. How much money your community gets for programs that support you and your loved ones during the next ten years depends on a complete Census count. That’s funding for our schools, child care, medical care, food assistance, housing, and public transportation. The Census also influences who represents us in each state and in Washington, D.C.

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Deadline Extended:

October 31, 2020

When is the Census available to fill out?

You can fill out the 2020 Census online beginning in March 2020.
There are three ways to fill out the Census: phone, mail, online.

How to take the Census video? English  Spanish

How it works

  1. In March 2020, you will get a census reminder in the mail. Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.
  2. Complete the census form online, or over the phone.
  3. Request a paper form, or wait to receive a paper form in the mail, if you prefer to respond that way. Please complete by end of April to avoid a home visit from a census official.

What you should be aware of when filling out the census?

Be cautious of any requests that seem suspicious. The USCB will never ask for the following:

  • Payment to fill out the questionnaire
  • Social Security number
  • Financial information

USCB feld staff will always show a valid Census Bureau ID. You can confrm that they are a USCB employee by entering their name into the Census Bureau Staff Search or by contacting the California Regional Office. It is a federal crime to impersonate a federal offcial, anyone who violates this law is subject to imprisonment.

Your Census responses are safe and secured.

By law, the Census Bureau must protect any personal information they collect and keep it strictly confidential. In fact, every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. They can only use the information to show facts about communities.

By law, your responses cannot be used against you.

By law, your census responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way. No other offices can access your Census information, including U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


  • NALEO Educational Fund’s toll-free bilingual hotline: 1-877-EL-CENSO (352-3676)
  • How Census helps your commuinity English  Spanish
  • California Census 2020 Q & A  English  Spanish
  • Census 2020 At-A-Glance
  • 60 Language Guides 
  • Map: How will Census Bureau be contacting households in your community