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Census 2020

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Have you filled out your 2020 Census? Though the official Census Day was April 1, 2020, the Census Bureau has extended the deadline to respond to the 2020 Census until Oct. 31, 2020, so there's still time!  You can fill out your census safely and from the comfort of your own home in the following ways:

  1. Respond online at - read the Online Response Guide to learn more.
  2. Respond by phone - read the Phone Response Guide to learn more.

The City of Santa Clara encourages all Santa Clara residents to participate in the United States 2020 Census. Together with the County of Santa Clara, the City is committed to a full count in the 2020 Census.

City staff have been preparing for Census 2020 by participating in the Census 2020 Complete Count Steering Committee with representatives from other cities and the County since September 2018. The primary goal for Census 2020 is to count everyone living in the United States.

For information on the 2020 Census in over 50 languages, visit

Census Day is April 1, 2020!

The 2020 Census is underway and households are responding every day. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:

• Protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public.
• Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
• Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.

This is a list of all extended deadlines, but we've included a few key dates below:

 Expected Dates

  Census 2020 Operations

 March 12 - Oct. 31, 2020 (extended) 

 An invitation to respond online, by phone, mail to the 2020 Census

 Aug. 11 - Oct. 31, 2020 (extended)

Nonresponse followup (NRFU) - Census takers will interview households in person. Find more about census takers in your neighborhood.
 Sept. 22-24, 2020 (extended)  Count of people experiencing homelessness outdoors and service based enumeration (working with service providers at soup kitchens, shelters, and regularly scheduled food vans to count the people they serve).


About Census 2020

Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state. The government also uses census data to distribute an estimated $600 billion dollars in federal funding annually.

The City is committed to ensuring a full count of all Santa Clarans. The County has dedicated resources and expertise to develop a comprehensive, collaborative and ongoing effort to identify hard-to-count populations and identify the most effective ways to encourage participation in the census. We will continue to work together — local government, community agencies, and our residents — to make sure everyone is counted in 2020.

If you have specific questions or concerns about the 2020 Census, please contact the City Manager's Office at 408-615-2210 or email  


Census Fact Sheet

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. Typically, U.S. Census field staff (called enumerators) will visit households who have not yet completed the census in May 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Bureau has adjusted its operations in order to keep their staff and the public as safe as possible. Census enumerators will visit households between Aug. 11 to Oct. 31, 2020.

Census 2020 – What to Expect

When it’s time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail. Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you’ll receive either an invitation encouraging you to respond online or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.

 Road to Census 2020


 Expected Dates  Census 2020 Scheduled Event

March 12-20, 2020

An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census (some households will also receive paper questionnaires)

March 16-24, 2020

A reminder letter from the U.S. Census Bureau

March 26-April 3, 2020

If you haven’t responded yet, a reminder postcard will be sent

April 20-27, 2020

A final reminder postcard will be sent before a follow-up will occur in person.

May 2020

U.S. Census field staff (called enumerators) will visit households who have not yet completed the census.

Household Census Infographic

The response process for the 2020 Census will be a little different than it was during the 2010 Census. Every household will have the option of responding by mail or by phone, as in previous years, but households will also be able to respond online! In March 2020, almost all households will receive their census invitation in the mail:

  • 95% of households will receive their census invitation in the mail, which will provide information on how to respond.
  • About 5% of households will receive their invitation when a census taker drops it off. This may be because the homes have PO boxes or were recently affected by natural disasters and do not receive mail at their homes.
  • Less than 1% of households will be counted by a census taker instead of responding on their own. This happens in remote areas or areas that ask specifically to be counted in person, like select American Indian areas.

Get Involved

Help make Census 2020 successful! Volunteers are needed during the efforts to complete the Census 2020. To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit the County of Santa Clara website and sign up for updates using the sign up form. In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau offers job opportunities on the U.S. Census Bureau website or view flyer.

Useful Information

2020 Census at a Glance

Census 2020: Why We Ask

Counting Young Children in 2020 Census

Confidentiality with the Census

For More Information

Visit the U.S. Census Bureau on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube, or visit their website. To learn more about Census 2020 in Santa Clara, contact the City Manager’s Office at 408-615-2210Call: 408-615-2210 or email

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