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Census 2020 in Chula Vista

About the Census

Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count all residents in the United States, citizens and non-citizens alike, through a national census.  The next national census is in April 2020. The information is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly. It is also used to make important decisions about community programs and services, like where to build homes and parks, establish public transit routes, build new roads and offer language access services.

Some benefits to Chula Vista from the last census include:

  • three annual grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) so that we can offer affordable housing opportunities and fund a variety of community development projects that benefit low/moderate income residents;
  • completion of the Moss Street Sidewalk Improvement Project installing missing sidewalk along the north and south sides of Moss Street between Broadway and Fourth Avenue;
  • funds allocated to the Holiday Estates Park Project, bringing infrastructure and park improvements to 14,540 residents within the surrounding area;
  • providing food to elementary school children and meals to homebound seniors living in the City;
  • funding for education includes the Head Start program and grants for teachers and special education programs;
  • dollars used for transportation

There are many ways you can help make sure everyone in our county gets counted. Learn more »

Residents in Chula Vista began receiving their invitations to respond to the U.S. Census Bureau 2020 Questionnaire mid-March. Data is available from the Census Bureau below:

 

Reasons you should participate in Census 2020

Equal Representation

The Census is central to our democracy. It makes sure everyone is equally represented at the local, state, and national levels. Census data determines the number of U.S. representatives each state sends to Congress and sets the district boundaries for congressional, state senator, assembly member, county supervisor, and city council elections.

Funding for Critical Programs and Services

Census participation impacts the programs and services we can offer our community because the federal government uses the census count to determine how to allocate $675 billion per year in funding to state and local governments. That money goes toward critical programs that support education, housing, health and transportation services in our community.  California could lose up to $1,000 in federal funds for each person not counted in Census 2020, for each of the next 10 years, according to the most recent analysis from George Washington University's study titled Counting for Dollars 2020.

Data to Improve Our Community

Census data is used to make other important decisions in our community:

  • Local governments use census data for public safety and emergency preparedness.
  • Businesses use census data to decide where to open facilities and what types of services/products to provide.
  • Developers use census data to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods.
  • Transportation planners use census data to decide on public transit routes.
  • Citizen organizations rely on census data to identify community needs, request and fund programs, monitor trends and assess program effectiveness.
  • Residents use census data to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

 Before and After Castlepark area

 

What you need to know

Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count all residents in the United States, citizens and non-citizens alike, through a national census. The next national census is in April 2020. This information gathered is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly. It is also used to make important decisions about community programs and services, like where to build homes and parks, establish public transit routes, build new roads, and offer language access services. Everyone is legally required to respond to the U.S. Census. You could be subject to a fine or limited prison term for not responding or providing false answers. However, the U.S. Census Bureau has not historically enforced these penalties.

 

WHAT WILL BE ASKED
HOW THE INFORMATION WILL BE USED
HOW EVERYONE WILL BE COUNTED
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

 

What you can do

How You Can Support Census 2020

We need your help to make sure everyone in Chula Vista is counted in Census 2020. There are number of ways you can help.

Apply for a U.S. Census Bureau Job

Apply for Census jobs or share job opportunities or recruitment flyers with others.

Become a Census Champion!

Learn about Census 2020 and become a Census Champion!

  • Talk about the 2020 Census - everywhere - with everyone!
  • Share information about the upcoming Census on social media.

Volunteer to Help

Volunteer to support census outreach efforts.  There are many community-based organizations performing census outreach .

Involve Your Organization

Encourage your organization to get involved by:

  • Sharing census information in your office or through your communication channels.
  • Sponsoring a census event.
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