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March 12, 2020
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Census 2020 Invitations Now Being Sent to Californians

SACRAMENTO, CA – Beginning today Californians will be sent initial invitations from the United States Census Bureau to participate in the 2020 Census.

“The 2020 Census is finally here,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “Californians should keep an eye on their mailboxes for their official invite to participate in the Census. In 2020, we need every Californian to be counted. Your responses to the census will impact your family and your community’s access to services for the next decade. Funding for public health, public safety, education, and infrastructure depend on everyone in California—from the youngest to the oldest—being counted. You can complete the census at from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or even your smartphone.”

Information on mailings from the US Census Bureau:
Ninety-five percent of households will receive an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census 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.

In areas where 20 percent or more of the households need Spanish assistance, the invitations will be in both English and Spanish.In order to fill out the census form, you will need the 12-digit Census ID which can be found in the materials that were mailed to you.

Samples of official US Census mailings can be found here:

Census Questionnaire Assistance (CQA) toll-free numbers which can provide assistance with the questionnaire:


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