Census 2020

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Santa Clara Counts

The City of Santa Clara encourages all Santa Clara residents to participate in the United States 2020 Census. Together with the County of Santa Clara, the City is committed to a full count in the 2020 Census.

City staff have been preparing for Census 2020 by participating in the Census 2020 Complete Count Steering Committee with representatives from other cities and the County since September 2018. The primary goal for Census 2020 is to count everyone living in the United States.

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Census 2020 Canvassers in the Neighborhood

Census 2020

Through mid-October 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting neighborhood address canvassing across the country. The Census Bureau has worked with regional offices to hire people from the community to visit neighborhoods and confirm the location of houses, apartments, shelters, and other places where people could live or stay.

Official Census employees can be recognized in the following ways:

  • They will have an official government badge with their name, a photo, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.
  • They will carry an official Census Bureau bag and laptop with the Census Bureau logo.
  • They will provide you with a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence.

Most changes to addresses will be verified by satellite images and not all neighborhoods will be visited by a Census Bureau representative. Community members can also confirm that the address canvasser visiting their home is an official employee by searching for their name in the Census Bureau staff search by using first or last name online on the Census websiteVisit the U.S. Census Bureau for an informational video.

About Census 2020

Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state. The government also uses census data to distribute an estimated $600 billion dollars in federal funding annually.

The City is committed to ensuring a full count of all Santa Clarans. The County has dedicated resources and expertise to develop a comprehensive, collaborative and ongoing effort to identify hard-to-count populations and identify the most effective ways to encourage participation in the census. We will continue to work together — local government, community agencies, and our residents — to make sure everyone is counted in 2020.

Census Fact Sheet

When is Census 2020?

The official Census Day is April 1, 2020. In March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin to mail letters to every household with information on how to complete the census. In May 2020, U.S. Census field staff (called enumerators) will visit households who have not yet completed the census.

Census 2020 – What to Expect

When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you’ll receive either an invitation encouraging you to respond online or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.

 Road to Census 2020


 Expected Dates  Census 2020 Scheduled Event

March 12-20, 2020

An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census (some households will also receive paper questionnaires)

March 16-24, 2020

A reminder letter from the U.S. Census Bureau

March 26-April 3, 2020

If you haven’t responded yet, a reminder postcard will be sent

April 20-27, 2020

A final reminder postcard will be sent before a follow-up will occur in person.

May 2020

U.S. Census field staff (called enumerators) will visit households who have not yet completed the census.


Household Census Infographic

The response process for the 2020 Census will be a little different than it was during the 2010 Census. Every household will have the option of responding by mail or by phone, as in previous years, but households will also be able to respond online! In March 2020, almost all households will receive their census invitation in the mail:

  • 95% of households will receive their census invitation in the mail, which will provide information on how to respond.
  • About 5% of households will receive their invitation when a census taker drops it off. This may be because the homes have PO boxes or were recently affected by natural disasters and do not receive mail at their homes.
  • Less than 1% of households will be counted by a census taker instead of responding on their own. This happens in remote areas or areas that ask specifically to be counted in person, like select American Indian areas.

Get Involved

Help make Census 2020 successful! Volunteers are needed during the efforts to complete the Census 2020. To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit the County of Santa Clara website and sign up for updates using the sign up form. In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau offers job opportunities on the U.S. Census Bureau website or view flyer.

Useful Information

2020 Census at a Glance

Census 2020: Why We Ask

Counting Young Children in 2020 Census

Confidentiality with the Census

For More Information

Visit the U.S. Census Bureau on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube, or visit their website. To learn more about Census 2020 in Santa Clara, contact the City Manager’s Office at 408-615-2210 or email communications@santaclaraca.gov

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