Why is the Census Important?

Do you want your tax dollars to benefit your community? Every 10 years we count every resident (not citizen) in the US. The number of residents that we count in California will determine our share of seats in the House of Representatives as well as the amount of federal funding California receives.

When you complete your Census form, you bring money back to our community to fund affordable housing, infrastructure, education, healthcare and more. For each of the past 10 years that has meant $1950 per resident has come back to California.

To learn more about why the Census is important and how the data is used: https://2020census.gov/en/census-data.html.

How to complete your Census Form

Online instructions on how to complete your form: https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-online.html

Video instructions to help you complete your form: Video Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online

Help make sure everyone is counted

Reach out to family, friends and those you work with to remind them to complete their Census form. In 2010 California only had a 68.2% response rate (https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html)! If we all work together we will increase our Census count and bring more money back to our community and increase our representation in Congress.  

ALL RESIDENTS (not just citizens) are required to complete their Census form. Please let people know that their identity and personal information is kept safe: (https://2020census.gov/en/data-protection.html).

Call, text or email your family and friends to remind them and if they have questions about the Census or about how to fill out the form send them them one of the following links:

About the Census: https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census.html

Video Guide to Completing the 2020 Census Online:

Common Questions

Additional information:

Monitor how California and other states are doing completing their Census forms: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html .

Marc Berman on Census and Coronavirus Outbreak: https://a24.asmdc.org/news/20200318-despite-coronavirus-outbreak-county-pushes-participation-2020-census-mountain-view

City of Mountain View Census web page: https://www.mountainview.gov/depts/manager/census_2020/default.asp