Census 2020 Is Coming
Census 2020 Is Coming
Here’s What You Need to Know
The 2020 Census is a count of every person living in the United States and its territories. Through a national survey, census bureau collects critical data that affects your representation in government, determines how much funding your community receives, and provides data to help you plan for the future.
As a Census 2020 partner, the City of Riverside is committed to providing you with the latest information available. Public services or programs are funded based on population-data derived from Census counts. Ensuring every group in Riverside is properly counted in the 2020 Census means ensuring that these programs and services are set up to properly serve our community.
City Contact: Jay Eastman
Frequently Asked Questions
It is critically important to count every person in the United States so that the government can ensure all residents get proper representation. Census counts determine how many Congressmembers each state gets in the House of Representatives and congressional, state senate, and state assembly district lines are drawn based on the amount of people in any given area.
Census data determines how more than $675 billion of the federal budget gets spent across the nation every year. In California specifically, a third of our state budget comes from the federal government to pay for programs like Medi-Cal, public education, housing infrastructure and housing assistance programs.
Most of the population-driven data and research we have about our country comes from the Census. It is critically important to have accurate data so that government, businesses, schools, nonprofit organizations, etc can properly analyze the landscape of our country.
- Communities of Color – Latinx, Black and African Americans, Native Americans and tribal communities, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Middle Eastern and North Africans
- Immigrants and Refugees
- People with Disabilities
- LGBTQ identifying folks
- Seniors/Older Adults
- Children 0-5
- Homeless individuals and families
- Areas with low/no broadband subscriptions
- Households with limited English proficiency
- Public schools
- Public Transportation
- Highway infrastructure
- Medical programs like Medi-Cal or the Children’s Health Insurance Program
- Unemployment Insurance and recruitment services
- Affordable Housing Programs
- Prison reentry programs
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Foreign students attending school in the US should count themselves at their on or off-campus residence. On the flip side, American students studying internationally should not be counted as they are not currently living in the country.
Please note that this information is used only for statistical and funding purposes. None of this information will be shared with landlords, law enforcement, immigration agencies, or the IRS.
*Adopted from The CensusIE Coalition censusie.org/en/faq/