What to Expect for Census 2020!

Every 10 years there is a nationwide count of every person living in the United States. The first census took place in 1790, and the next will be held April 1, 2020. Census results affect our voice in government, how much funding our community receives, and how our community plans for the future.

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Countdown to Census Day 2020!

Santa Barbara County’s

Hard-to-Count Interactive Map

California is committed to securing an accurate and complete 2020 census count of all residents. To ensure a fair and accurate census, the Hard-to-Count Communities map helps community leaders prioritize where to direct resources for areas that are at risk of being undercounted. The California Hard-to-Count Index is based on multiple demographic, housing and socioeconomic variables correlated with an area being difficult to enumerate. For example, residents considered hard-to-count include foreign-born, renters, individuals living in homes without internet access, people living close to or below the poverty line, and young children.

Santa Barbara County is committed to ensuring the 2020 Census counts every resident, regardless of age, gender, income, home ownership, permanent address, immigration status or any other factor. Census results affect your voice in government and how much funding our community receives. In the Census, everyone counts equally. 


Census Day 2020 is in less than 43 days, but you can respond online and by phone to this year's 9 questions beginning in mid-March. Look for specifics beginning March 12. #Census2020 #WeAllCount #TodosContamos https://t.co/bPXLC9onDA

#Census2020 is only six weeks away! We need to make sure every person in #SantaMaria is counted. Learn more at a Town Hall with Rep. Salud Carbajal on Monday, February 24th. See fliers in English and Spanish. Also see @CensusSBC

Census 2020 is almost here. Here are some important dates for the #2020Census. Remember, the #Census is completely confidential. Be counted, #SantaBarbaraCounty.

The #2020Census is a 9 question survey that asks about everyone in your household. 📝

It is important to count ALL the folks living in your house, even if they are not family. It does not matter if they are listed on your lease or rental agreement.

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2020 Census Dates

Every person living in Santa Barbara County will have the option of responding to 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone. For a complete list of events where you can find local, 2020 Census information in-person, visit the 2020 Census events calendar.