What is a census and why is it important?
Once each decade, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. The United States began conducting a census of population and housing in 1790 as mandated by the Constitution of the United States, Article 1, Sections 2 and 9. All people living in the United States are required by law to participate and all responses to U.S. Census Bureau surveys are confidential and protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.
The data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau provide the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually. These funds support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does the Census Benefit Your Community?
One of the most powerful things you can do for your community is to participate in the Census. Your participation helps ensure your community receives the funding it deserves for important services and programs. An accurate and complete 2020 Census count is vital to Los Angeles County, as Census date is used to determine how more than $675 billion federal government resources will be distributed each year for the next decades to states and localities.
What should I know about the 2020 Census?
- Everyone Counts: The Census counts ALL people who reside in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
- It’s Safe & Private: under current census laws, your responses are kept confidential and can only be used by the government to produce statistics.
- Dollars for L.A. County Services: a complete count is vital to our County, as Census numbers determine how more than $675 billion federal dollars get spent.
- It’s Your Civic Duty: completing the Census is part of your civic duty to participate and say “I COUNT!”
When is the Census?
Starting in March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will mail letters to every household in the United States inviting them to respond to the Census survey. Every household should receive a letter requesting that they complete a census form online, by mail, or phone by Census Day on April 1, 2020.
How do I complete the Census?
There are three ways to complete the Census survey: online, by telephone, or via mail. Households can answer the questions on the internet or by phone in 12 Non English languages.
This is the first Census to go digital, so you can fill out your household survey on your home computer or at any of the internet enabled Census Action Kiosks, which will be available at convenient locations across L.A. County.
Details on Census Action Kiosks in Burbank coming soon!
CA Census https://census.ca.gov/
U.S. Census https://2020census.gov/en.html
L.A. County Census https://census.lacounty.gov/census/
2020 Census Jobs - https://2020census.gov/en/jobs
U.S. Census Bureau
City of Burbank – Community Development Department