Beginning March 12, households in Sacramento County will begin to receive invitations by mail to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. By April 1, the official U.S. Census Day, every household should have received one.
People can respond by phone, by mail and – for the first time - online. Census websites
will be available in 12 languages other than English. Surveys may be completed on a computer, smartphone, laptop or tablet.
It’s important that you and everyone in your household are counted. The Census determines federal funding for important services and programs that benefit our community. Sacramento County projects
that rely on the U.S. Census for funding include the Florin area new street light project, the District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Advocacy program, the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (food stamps), and the Small Communities Flood Risk Reduction program.
Census results also ensure your voice is represented in government. The U.S. Census defines boundaries for Sacramento County supervisorial districts, school boards, water and fire districts, and the number of seats California receives in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Information submitted to the Census is safe, secure and 100 percent confidential. By law, your information may not be used to identify individuals or shared with any government or law enforcement agency. Violations are considered a federal offense.
In preparation for enabling online response, the U.S. Census Bureau has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure that information is safe from cyber-threats.
Sacramento County is partnering with community-based organizations and public agencies to make sure everyone is counted, especially groups who have historically low rates of census participation. Information on where to find census assistance centers will be available later this month.