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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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. 


The #2020Census will inform how billions of federal dollars reach our communities over the next 10 years. By filling out the Census, we can impact how much money our communities receive for roads and highways, emergency services, parks, and more! #CaliforniaForAll #BeCounted

Parents should include babies on #2020Census forms, even if they've just been born!

We will make sure California's children are counted in the #2020Census so that they can receive their fair share of funding in schools, hospitals and child care programs. 🚨👏🏿

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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.