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Census 2020
Everyone Counts!

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a massive task: counting every person living in the United States - regardless of age, citizenship status, gender, etc. Your participation helps ensure that San Jose receives its fair share of more than $600 billion in federal funds annually for critical programs that support education; housing; and health, transportation, and emergency disaster relief services. Census data also determines the number of congressional representatives and sets the district boundaries for elections.

What are the challenges in achieving an accurate count?

  • Digital Census: For the first time, the census will be primarily conducted online, which might affect response rates due to worries about information security and privacy, and lack of access to internet and computers in certain hard-to-count (HTC) communities.
  • Reductions in federal funding for the census count can result in fewer local census offices, less field staff and limited follow-up with non-responsive households
  • Increased fear/distrust in government, a lack of understanding or knowledge of the census, and the potential inclusion of a citizenship question.
  • Language accessibility: Although the online questionnaire and phone language assistance will be available in 12 different languages (Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese); the paper-based census survey will only be available in English and Spanish

How are we achieving an accurate count in San José?

The City of San José is committed to a complete and accurate count of residents living in the city. Staff is working with non-profit organizations, government agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and colleges, and the media to educate and motivate residents to take part in the census. The City is developing thoughtful and community-driven outreach strategies that reflect the diversity and unique needs of each of the City’s HTC populations (e.g., homeless populations, immigrant populations, ethnic and racial minority groups, young children, people with limited English-proficiency, and low-income households).

The count starts with you! Here is how you can get involved:

When is the 2020 Census?
April 1, 2020 is officially Census Day. Below is information on the types of communication the Bureau will send to households regarding the Census survey and when households can expect them:

What will be sent in the mail

 On or between Households will receive:
 March 12-20, 2020  An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census. Depending on how likely an area is to respond online, some households will also receive paper questionnaires along with the invitation.
 March 16-24, 2020 A reminder letter 

 If a household has not yet responded

 On or between Households will receive:
 March 26-April 3, 2020 A reminder postcard
 April 8-16, 2020 A reminder letter and paper questionnaire
 April 20-27  A final reminder postcard before the Census Bureau follows up in person, also referred to as Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU).
 May - July 2020  NRFU Operation

Countdown to Census day
April 1, 2020