The 2020 Census
is closer than
you think!
  • Everyone counts!
  • Funding for local services.
  • Fair representation.
  • It's in the Constitution.
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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. 

The Santa Cruz County Complete Count Committee is dedicated to making sure the 2020 Census counts every local resident, regardless of age, gender, health condition, income, housing status, immigration status or any other factor. In the Census, everyone counts equally. 

In California, more residents are considered traditionally hard-to-count. Those include foreign-born residents, renters, individuals living in homes without Internet access, people living close to or below the poverty line, and young children. Others are concerned about disclosing their responses to the government. Led by our partner the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, the Complete Count Committee is focused on encouraging participation throughout the county. Under federal law, all information collected is strictly confidential.

April 1, 2020

Countdown to Census Day


What isThe Complete Count Committee?

California has launched a statewide effort to ensure an accurate and complete count of Californians in the 2020 Census. The California Complete Count – Census 2020 Office is coordinating the State’s outreach and communication strategy, which focuses on the hardest-to-count residents. 

That's where we come in. Working through local governments and Complete Count Committees, the State is using the combined wisdom of community groups, nonprofits and local leaders to encourage participation and lower the risk of an undercount, which would result in a loss of funding for local programs. The Santa Cruz County Complete Count Committee is made up of the County and local cities, community organizations, health partners, business groups, labor organizations, churches and individuals to help spread the word as far as possible: 

"I Count, You Count, We Count!"

Questions? Email us!