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CENSUS TAKERS START VISITING HOMES IN BERKELEY AUGUST 11
Complete the Census online before August 11 to avoid a visit from a Census taker

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, August 04, 2020) - Complete the 2020 Census before August 11 to avoid a home visit from a Census worker.

You can respond online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020. It takes less than 10 minutes.

Starting next week, Census takers will begin visiting the homes of those who have not yet responded to the Census to help them get counted. Census workers have been trained on COVID-19 protocols and will wear masks and stay outside at a safe distance during visits.

What to expect

Census workers will be out in the community collecting responses seven days a week from 9am to 9pm.

If someone visits your home to collect information about the Census, check their ID to verify they are a Census Bureau employee. Census takers will carry an badge with:

  • their photograph
  • a US Department of Commerce watermark
  • an expiration date

They will also have a Census Bureau issued phone and may carry bags or other equipment with the Census Bureau logo. To verify the employment of a local census taker, call 800-992-3530 and press 0.

If no one is home when a census taker visits, they will leave a notice with information on how to respond. Census workers will attempt to reach you up to six times.

The Census questionnaire

The Census questionnaires asks for basic information about your household:

  • how many people live there
  • whether you own or rent
  • a phone number to follow up

For each person listed on your response, it will ask you to list their name, sex, age, and race/ethnicity. The Census is confidential and will not ask about citizenship status.

Why the Census matters

The US Census determines how federal funds are distributed. Each person who gets counted brings back an estimated average of $1,000 per year in funding for critical services and infrastructure, such as affordable housing, schools, roads, public transit, and health care. For every person that goes uncounted, local communities lose $10,000 over the next decade.

Census results also determine state and federal representation. Failing to count everyone could cost California a seat in Congress.

Locally, Census data is used to plan bus routes, draw our Council District boundaries, and locate community services. Businesses use Census numbers to decide where to open a store or locate their office.

If you haven’t done so yet, complete the 2020 Census today. If you have, please remind your friends, family, and neighbors to get counted.

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