What IsThe U.S. Census?

Under Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every person in the United States every 10 years. The first U.S. Census was held in 1790 under then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, and the next will be held April 1, 2020. 

The 2020 Census will be the first to rely heavily on online responses, and counting everyone is vitally important to the Santa Cruz County community. The Census guides more than $675 billion in annual funding, and each person counted is estimated at nearly $2,000 annually in federal funding to support local services. Responding to the Census helps create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, build schools, roads and hospitals, and much more. 

When Is The U.S. Census?

MARCH 12-20 Invitations Mailed

MARCH 16-24 Reminder Letters

MARCH 26 - APRIL 3 Reminder postcard

APRIL 1 Census Day

APRIL 8-16 Hard Copy Census Mailed

APRIL 20-27 Final Postcards Mailed

Why the Census Matters?

  • Uplift Our Neighborhoods
  • Community Wellness
  • Safe and Confidential
  • A Voice for California