Stand and Be Counted: the 2020 Census Is Coming Soon

By: Reanna Perez, CA DCSS

A lot can change in 10 years. Cities grow, job sectors surge and fade, family needs change and demographics shift from suburbs to city and back again. By completing the United States Census every decade, all that information is captured to provide data for decision-making that will improve communities throughout the state.

People all across America fill out their Census questionnaires. The results provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, where we work and so much more. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions about where to build new classrooms, where hospitals are needed, how to expand transportation, and where to target services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also earmark hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding for infrastructure, emergency services, highways, schools and other programs.

To learn more about the 2020 Census, how to participate and why it matters, visit