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:
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.
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.
Census 2020 will ask basic information about each household: the number of people living there, whether the residence is owned or rented, and a phone number to follow up. For each person living in the household, it will ask:
- Age / Date of Birth
- Race / Ethnicity
You should include everyone living with you, including children, extended family (aunts, cousins), and any nonfamily (friends, roommates).
The Census Bureau will use data for statistical purposes only. Your information is confidential. The Bureau combines your responses with information from other households to produce data, and the data will never identify your household or any person in your household. Your information is confidential.
By law, the Census Bureau CANNOT share your answers with anyone, not even the FBI, ICE, Welfare, or local code enforcement agencies.
All Census Bureau employees take a lifetime oath to protect your data. If they violate this oath, they will be fined $250,000 and could serve up to 5 years in jail.
The Census Bureau needs to count every person living in the U.S. on April 1, 2020, regardless of age, citizenship status, or criminal history.
Every residence will receive an invitation to complete the Census Questionnaire by April 1, 2020. Make sure someone in your household is responsible for filling out the form. It can be completed online, by phone or by mail in different languages.
If you household does not respond, the Census Bureau will send workers (called enumerators) to visit your residence and collect the information in person starting in May 2020.
People with unstable housing (including those who are homeless) will be counted in March 2020. The Census Bureau counts people at shelters, encampments, where food is distributed, and where people are known to sleep outdoors.
People living in nursing homes, correctional facilities, mental hospitals, dorms, barracks, group homes and other group quarters will be counted in April 2020 by the Census Bureau.
You will receive an invitation in the mail by April 1, 2020 to participate in Census 2020.
You have different options for completing the census form:
- Online (in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Japanese)
- By Phone (in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Japanese) (includes TDD)
- By Mail (in English and Spanish)
If you need help filling out the census form, there will be assistance centers across the County.
If your household does not respond, the Census Bureau will send workers (called enumerators) to visit your residence and collect the information in person starting in May 2020.
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.