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. 


Homeschooling your kids right now? Teaching tools and fun activities related to the U.S. Census for grades 3 through 12 can be found here: https://t.co/N5V0mWQMrm. #2020Census

For each person uncounted, federal funding for the County goes down by $2,000 per year for 10 years. An undercount of just 5 percent means a loss of $430 million over the next decade. Thanks Santa Barbara Independent for getting the word out! https://t.co/xM4LK8YkB3

Today is Census Day! Help us spread the word about the importance of the #2020Census. Make this image your profile picture or post it on your timeline and make sure to tell your friends to complete to the census today at https://t.co/nzqhoc1xHM!

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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.