April 1, 2020 – Today is Census Day, the day that determines who is counted in the 2020 Census and where they are counted.
In California 37.9 percent have responded to the 2020 Census. This is compared to 43.3 percent in Nevada City and 41.9 percent in Grass Valley. Response rates are updated in the map daily seven days a week so that the public can see how well their community is doing compared to the nation and other areas.
The population count is used to inform how hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated for public services and infrastructure like hospitals, emergency services, schools and bridges each year over the next 10 years. Census statistics are also used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and informs legislative district boundaries. Responding to the 2020 Census is easy, safe and important, and is key to shaping the future of communities.
The Census Bureau is strongly encouraging the public to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. You can respond online or by phone in English or 12 other languages. There are also 59 non-English language guides and videos (plus American Sign Language) available on 2020census.gov ensuring over 99% of U.S. households can respond online in their preferred language. It has never been easier to respond on your own — all without having to meet a census taker. This is really important with the current health and safety guidance being provided by national, state and local health authorities.
When you respond:
- Respond for where you live as of April 1 (Census Day).
- Include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home as of April 1, even if they are staying somewhere else temporarily. This includes relatives, friends, roommates and anyone else who lives and sleeps in your home most of the time — even children under age five and babies born on or before April 1, even if they are still in the hospital.
- Countcollege students where they live while attending school. If they live on campus in university/college housing such as dorms or fraternity/sorority houses, they will be counted by school officials and do not need to respond. However, if they live off campus in private housing or apartments, they should respond to the census on their own using their off-campus address even if they are currently staying elsewhere.
- Find additional answers about “Who to Count” at 2020census.gov. Some households — in areas less likely to respond online — have already received a paper questionnaire along with their first invitation. Households that have not responded online or by phone will receive a paper questionnaire April 8-16.
Please note: Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone who will go through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions. The Census Bureau continues to evaluate all 2020 Census field operations, and will communicate any further updates as soon as possible.