Census 2020

Make Sure Saratoga Counts

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes the massive task of counting every person living in the United States. Your participation ensures that Saratoga receives its fair share of more than $600 billion in federal funds annually for critical programs that support education, housing, health, transportation, and emergency disaster relief services. Census data also determines the number of congressional representatives and sets the district boundaries for elections.

Santa Clara County has dedicated resources to develop a comprehensive, collaborative, and ongoing effort to identify hard-to-count populations and the most effective ways to encourage participation in the census. We will continue to work together — local government, community organizations, and residents — to make sure everyone is counted in 2020.

When is Census 2020

The official Census Day is April 1, 2020. In March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin to mail letters to every household with information on how to complete the census. In May 2020, U.S. Census field staff will visit households who have not yet completed the census. 

What to Expect

When it is time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone. 

Why the Census Asks

The census asks questions that provide a snapshot of the nation. Census results a­ffect your voice in government, how much funding your community receives, and how your community plans for the future.

When you fill out the census, you help:

  • Determine how many seats your state gets in Congress.
  • Guide how more than $600 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.
  • Create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, and build schools, roads, and hospitals.

What the Census Will Ask

As required by the Census Act, the U.S. Census Bureau submitted a list of questions to Congress on March 29, 2018. Based on those questions, the 2020 Census will ask:

  • How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020
  • Whether the home is owned or rented
  • About the sex, age, and race of each person in your home
  • Whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin
  • About the relationship of each person in your home

What the Census Won’t Ask

The Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for one of these things, it is a scam and you should not cooperate. 

Confidentiality

Your census responses are safe and secure. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information collected and keep it strictly confidential. The Census Bureau can only use your answers to produce statistics. In fact, every Census Bureau employee takes an oath to protect your personal information for life. Your answers cannot be used for law enforcement purposes or to determine your personal eligibility for government benefits. By law, your responses cannot be used against you.

Get Involved

Add your voice to the groups already working to ensure a complete and accurate count in 2020. As a volunteer on the Santa Clara County Complete Count Committee, you can play a key role in raising awareness, answering questions, and encouraging community members to participate. The U.S. Census Bureau is also hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, and office staff. For employment information, visit the US Census 2020 Jobs Portal.