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. 


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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Don’t forget about your little ones—all children count in the #2020Census! Help young children learn about counting and the census with the #StatsinSchools interactive storybook. Download the storybook and other free materials at https://t.co/IkqFjtiaRF.

The #2020Census is almost here! Do you know how to get counted this spring? Don't worry - we've outlined everything you need to know about deadlines, forms, and more. Head to our website to get all the info. https://t.co/N222OpDtbF #CaliforniaForAll

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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.