The City of Simi Valley is preparing for the 2020 Census and everyone will need to be counted by Census Day, which is April 1, 2020. Every 10 years, the United States Census Bureau conducts a population census to provide information for reapportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and providing information to redraw congressional district boundaries. The data collected is also used for demographic purposes, and to make planning decisions about community services, such as: where to provide services for the elderly, build new roads and school, and locate job training centers, and distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year.
A failure to count everyone in the Census can result in serious local consequences, as each person who is not counted results in an approximate loss of $20,000 in federal funding to our community during the 10 year period between each census. The primary goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. For more information, visit 2020 Census Bureau.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here's a look at some of the key dates along the way:
Find information on the overall timeline here.
January–September 2019: The U.S. Census Bureau opens 248 area census offices across the country. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census.
August 2019: Census takers begin visiting areas that have experienced a lot of change and growth to ensure that the Census Bureau's address list is up to date. This is called address canvassing, and it helps to ensure that everyone receives an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.
January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska.
April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
April 2020: Census takers begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
May 2020: The Census Bureau begins visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.
December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
March 31, 2021: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
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Volunteer Opportunity - Complete Count Committee
The Ventura County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee (the "CCC") is looking for volunteers to be part of this important effort. You can take action now by joining the CCC by contacting them about specific volunteer duties you would like to get involved with. For more information, please visit the CCC website at www.venturacountcounts.org.
2020 Census Jobs
Want to earn extra income while helping your community? The Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. To learn more, visit Census Careers.
Other Helpful Tips:
Census Bureau Staff Search - Field Representative Verification
50 Ways Census Data are Used
Race and Ethnicity
Counting Young Children
Find Out More: What You Need to Know
The 2020 Census and Confidentiality
Census 101: What You Need to Know
Outreach: How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond
Sample Copy of the Census 2020 Questionnaire
Identifying California's Hard-to-Count