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Census 2020: Berkeley Counts!

The 2020 Census is now complete.

A snapshot of America

The Census is a count of every person living in the United States. It is required by the US Constitution and happens every 10 years.

Everyone should be counted in the Census - old or young, citizen or non-citizen.

The federal government uses Census data to distribute $675 billion to state and local agencies every year. Census results also determine our political representation at all levels of government - from how many seats each state gets in Congress to the borders of our City Council districts.

Getting counted means claiming your fair share

Each person counted in the Census brings back $1,000 a year in federal funding to their community.

This money pays for critical services and infrastructure, including:

  • education
  • affordable housing
  • roads
  • public transit
  • health care
  • food programs

When someone is missed in the Census, our community loses out on $10,000 over 10 years.

How to respond

In March, every home in Berkeley received an invitation to complete the Census in the mail.

There are three ways you can respond:

  • online
  • by phone
  • by mail

The Census Bureau will send follow-up postcards to households that don't respond promptly, reminding them to complete the Census. For Census forms in other languages, American Sign Language, braille, or large print, visit https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html.


The Census questionnaire

The Census questionnaire will ask basic information about your household:

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

For each person living in the household, it will ask: their name, sex, age, and race/ethnicity. The Census will not ask about citizenship status.

The Census Bureau has published a sample questionnaire to help you know what to expect.

Who to count

It's important to count everyone living in your home, including:

  • children
  • extended family
    (aunts, cousins, grandparents)
  • non-family
    (friends, roommates)

If a child living with you splits time between homes, they should be counted where they sleep most of the time. If they split time evenly, they should be counted where they would normally sleep on April 1, 2020.

The Census is safe

Your Census responses are protected by strong laws.

The Census Bureau uses the data it collects for statistical purposes only.

It is illegal for the Census Bureau to share your information with anyone - including other government agencies, law enforcement, or landlords. Census Bureau employees take a lifetime oath to protect your data.

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