The U.S Constitution mandates that a census of the population be counted once every 10 years for the purposes of reapportioning Congress. Census data is also used to determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including healthcare, housing and affordable housing, jobs, schools, roads and businesses. The Central Valley stands to lose up to $2 billion dollars in Federal and State funding if the Census numbers are misrepresented for our region. By working collaboratively across the community, we can shape the future of our cities to ensure an accurate count, strong political representation and equitable funding.

2020 Census Key Information

Who needs to be counted?

    Everyone. When it’s time to respond, households, will receive an invitation in the mail. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone. There are special procedures in place to count people who do not live in households and hard to count populations like students in dorm housing, frequent movers/renters, immigrants, or people experiencing homelessness. It is critical that everyone is counted.

Why is it important to complete the census?

    Approximately $2,000 per person per year for federal programs is at stake. These programs provide nutritional services, housing assistance, health care and education. If we do not accurately count our population, we will not receive the accurate amount of funding to serve our community.

Will my information remain confidential?

    All information collected is safely protected and the Census Bureau is required to keep all your information confidential. It is never shared with police, ICE, the FBI or any other immigration or law enforcement agency. Violators can get up to 5 years in jail and/or a fine of $250,000.

How can I help with the 2020 Census?

    Attend monthly Complete Count Committee meetings, the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Golden Valley at 2101 Tenya Dr. in Modesto at 5:30 PM
    Apply to work as a 2020 Census Taker

How do I find out more?

Damian Martinez is the County’s contract manager for the Stanislaus 2020 Census.
Damian can be reached at 209-525-6333 or moc.ytnuocnats@adzenitram