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Census 2020

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Santa Clara Counts

As of March 12, 2020, the 2020 Census is now available online at Households may have already received their first invitation to respond, which includes a Census ID for your household. There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census from the comfort of your own home: 

  1. Respond online at - read the Online Response Guide to learn more.
  2. Respond by phone - read the Phone Response Guide to learn more.
  3. Respond by mail - read the Mail Response Guide to learn more and note that not all households will receive a paper questionnaire.

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.

 Expected Dates

  Census 2020 Operations

 March 12- Aug. 14, 2020 (extended) 

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

 April 1, 2020

 Official Census Day! When filling out the census, you include   everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020.

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. In May 2020, U.S. Census field staff (called enumerators) will visit households who have not yet completed the census.

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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