The US census is conducted every 10 years and determines the distribution of federal funding for transportation, elderly care, hospitals, community services, education, representation in the House of Representatives and the number of votes in the Electoral College, and Boundaries for the State Assembly and Senate districts.
This year is a census year and it is the first census that can be completed online. The state of California is in the top 10 hardest states to count and Stockton Unified School District is committed to doing our part in having a successful and accurate census year.
March 12 - March 20 Invitations to the 2020 Census will be mailed March 16 - March 24 Reminder Letters will be mailed March 30 - April 3 Census Week April 1 CENSUS DAY April 1 - July 30 The time period to complete the census April 8 - April 16 Second reminder & hard copy Census is mailed April 20 - April 27 Final postcards mailed before an in-person follow-up
Census 2020 Talking Points
- Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person in the U.S., and this will be the first census to rely heavily on online responses.
- The census counts everyone living in the United States, regardless of immigration status.
- The census does not ask about immigration status.
- California schools receive over $7 billion in federal funding, which is impacted by a complete and accurate census count. Census numbers are used to allocate, monitor, and evaluate education programs.
- Participating in the 2020 Census ensures that you and your communities have fair representation. The 2020 Census will determine the number of representatives California has in the U.S. House of Representatives and the number of votes we have in the Electoral College. Census data will also be used to redraw State Assembly and Senate boundaries.
- The 2020 Census is safe and secure.
- The Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses even to law enforcement agencies. (Title 13 of the U.S. Code).
- Census information can only be released after 72 years. (Title 44 of the U.S. Code).
- All U.S. Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect your personal information, and any violations come with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up-to 5 years of prison.
- A Census worker will never ask for donations or money, a full social security number, any type of funds on behalf of a political party, your mother’s maiden name, credit card numbers, or full bank account numbers.
- Census workers have a Census Bureau I.D. badge with name, photo, Department of Commence watermark, and date of expiration.