What is the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.


We can't afford an undercount in Escondido! A complete and accurate Census count in California means more resources for your family and community. Just imagine, an undercount could cost $1,000 in federal funding per person annually. Let's ensure we keep those resources in California!

Why is the Census Important?

The census happens only once every decade. It is used for the following purposes:

  1. Deciding how over $675 billion in annual federal funding is distributed to States, Counties and Localities. More information on how federal funding is distributed to California
  2. Determines the number and boundaries for numerous elected offices. The number of seats that California will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and the number of Electoral College votes are determined by Census data. California state Assembly and state Senate legislative district boundaries are determined based on Census data.
  3. The City and Escondido Unified School District use Census data to better understands the residents and needs of our community and help plan for new schools, improving transportation, supporting public safety and emergency preparedness and building new parks.
  4. Businesses use Census data to determine where to locate factories, warehouses, restaurants, and retail stores, where they can find new employees or new customers.

Key Dates

March 12 - 20   Invitations to the 2020 Census mailed
March 16 - 24   Reminder letters mailed
March 26 -
April 3
Reminder postcard mailed
April 8 - 16 Second reminder & hard copy Census mailed
April 20 - 27 Final postcards mailed before an in-person follow-up
June 13 -
August 11
Census takers interview homes that have not responded
October 15 Last day for households to self-respond online, by phone or by mail

Community Partners - Grant Funding Opportunity

The City of Escondido is looking to partner with community based organizations and community groups to help inreach into Hard-to-Count communities in order to educate the public on the upcoming census and the importance of completing the census questionnaire fully and accurately. Applications are due June 15, 2020. Download the application form here and submit it to Dulce Salazar at dsalazar@escondido.org or 760-839-4057.

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