2020 Census: I Count. You Count. Everyone Counts

April 1 is National Census Day

Every 10 years, the Federal government is required to count every person residing in the U.S. through a national Census. April 1 is our next National Census Day. Among the many areas where the Census numbers determine outcomes are boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts.

An accurate and complete count means you are helping make the best possible future for your children and families.


Participating in the Census is safe. The citizenship question will NOT be on the Census questionnaire.

For the first time in history, the Census questionnaire will be available online. The U.S. Census Bureau will send a postcard in March to complete the survey online. The Census can also be completed by mail, phone, in-person or at any  library branch. Please note: this is NOT JUST FOR RESIDENTS IN SANTA MONICA.

California has historically been the hardest-to-count state in the nation. Three out of four Californians belong to one or more groups that tend to be undercounted.

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by gender, age, race and other factors. Information from the Census is used by local government officials, real estate developers, businesses, and residents use the Census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

For more information, visit https://2020census.gov/en.html


Get Counted.

Cathie Gentile

Faith-based Census Coordinator









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