The Census Bureau is tasked with collecting and compiling the data from the census questionnaires. We want to insure that everyone is counted. The City of Agoura Hills is committed to providing you with the latest information available. The 2020 Census information can also be found at www.2020census.gov or via phone (800) 923-8282 or (301) 763-4636. TTY assistance is available at (800) 877-8339.
What Is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United Sates and its territories.
The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. Through a national survey, critical data is collected that affects our representation in government and helps determine how much funding is provided to our community. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. The City of Agoura Hills is committed to providing you with the latest information available. Results of the census are expected by December 31, 2020.
Why is This Count Conducted
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. This data provides guidance about how all levels of government should plan for the future.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
How the Census Data is Collected
In mid March, 2020, households should expect to get something in the mail from the Census bureau asking them to either fill out the survey by hand, complete the information online or even over the phone. Households that do not respond by mid April, may start receiving visits from trained Census staff to conduct interviews and collect responses using smartphones.
Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and our community.
How Can I Verify That Someone is a Census Worker?
If someone visits your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.
Census takers will visit homes in April to conduct quality check interviews, and then in mid-May to help collect responses.
If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact your Regional Census Center (Los Angeles Center) by calling (213) 314-6500 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
Is it Confidential?
The law requires the Census Bureau to keep information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics. The information cannot be release in any way that could identify you. Information would never be shared with any immigration enforcement agencies or law enforcement agencies. For more information, click here
What Questions Will the Census Ask?
- The number of people living or staying in a home on April 1, 2020
- Whether a home is owned, rented, or occupied
- Name, sex, age, race of each person in the home
- Relationship of each person to a central person in the home
If you do not completely answer the questionnaire, it could require the Census Bureau staff to do a follow up call or visit. A sample of the exact questions can be viewed here.
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