2020 US Census – why it’s important to participate

The future of our local economy depends on getting everyone in Los Angeles County counted on the 2020 Census. As trusted messengers, business leaders and other organizations have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact for the next decade. 

How are Californians doing on the Census? 

As of today, 63.2% of households have self responded to the census. However, in Los Angeles County the most updated data shows us that we are falling behind and at risk of an undercount.

What would an undercount of LA county mean?

Our representation is at risk: Information from the census is used to allocate political representation at the local, state and national levels.
Federal programs that are helping families survive is at risk: Data from the 2020 Census will serve as a guide to determine the amount of funding the state would receive. In FY 2016 alone, California received $115 billion in public funding for schools, roads, health care, food assistance, workforce assistance, and other vital, community services.

Funds for emergency response and health institutions are at risk: Census data are critical for emergency planning and response. In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, they can help identify where people who are vulnerable live so officials can implement key prevention efforts.

You haven’t missed your chance to participate in the 2020 Census! If your home hasn’t responded, a paper form is on the way.

Check your mailbox this week for your opportunity to bring education, health care, housing, and political power to your community. If a paper form doesn’t work for you, you can respond online or by phone.

There are so many ways to count yourself in the 2020 Census — don’t wait!

Go to https://2020census.gov/ for more information.

The census is safe and your information is private. It is illegal for anyone to share your information and there are laws that prevent anyone from providing your personal information to anyone.

Filling out the 2020 Census is easy. The 2020 Census will ask a few simple questions like your age, the number of children in your home and your marital status. The U.S. Census Bureau will send you a postcard 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.

Participation is important.

Each person counted in the census means more money will go to your community for the next 10 years for things like roads, schools, hospitals, and job programs.In the past, many communities have been left out of the census. It’s important for everyone living in the U.S. to be counted – citizens and non-citizens. With 10 million people living in LA County, we have a lot to gain.