San Francisco, it’s time to do the 2020 Census! The census is a count of every person living in the United States and its overseas territories that happens once every 10 years. EVERYONE should get counted, including the very young and the very old, the housed and the unhoused, and citizens and non-citizens.
The census is about power: data from the census determines how congressional districts are drawn, so a complete count is necessary to ensure fair representation. It’s also about money: it impacts how billions of dollars flow into communities to support schools, hospitals, roads, social services and more.
We all should do the census as soon as we can. The census is just nine simple questions, and does not ask about citizenship. Data provided is safe and secure; the U.S. Census Bureau is required by law to keep responses confidential.
The census can be completed online, by phone, or by mail:
- Between March 12-22, most people received a letter from the Census Bureau with instructions on how to do the census online at my2020census.gov (available in 13 languages) and over the phone at 844-330-2020 (available in 15 languages).
- On or around April 8, those who have not done the census online or by phone may receive a paper form in English in the mail from the Census Bureau. You don’t need a letter from the Census Bureau to do the census! Everyone can do the census online or by phone until August 14th 2020. No PIN or ID number is necessary.
- For those who do not do the census, a Census Bureau worker may do a home visit to help you complete it in person. Census workers come in May, June, or July of 2020.
Do your part. Tell all of your friends and neighbors to do the census so that San Francisco gets our fair share. Learn more at sfcounts.org.
ABOUT SF COUNTS
SF Counts is the City’s coordinated grassroots effort with a broad network of community, arts, civic, labor, education, government and faith-based organizations to ensure that every person in San Francisco is included and accurately counted in the 2020 Census. Led by the Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA), the SF Counts campaign is a multilingual, multicultural outreach and education campaign to inform and motivate San Francisco residents to do the census.
SF Counts partners include the San Francisco 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, arts coalition leader Art+Action, hundreds of community non-profit organizations, and City agencies. Together, SF Counts partners are collaborating to reach every corner and neighborhood in the city, remove barriers to participation, and motivate residents to complete the census online beginning in March.