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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Census?

The United States Census is a national population count that occurs every ten years. The Census determines the state’s and Glendale’s federal funding for important community services that help support our families, and determine our fair share of representation in California and Washington D.C.

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Who gets counted?

Everyone! Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census counts all people who reside in the United States, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

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When is the Census?

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The 2020 Census is fast approaching! Once each decade, the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to count every person in the United States. 


A complete and accurate count of California’s population is essential. The data collected by the decennial Census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to state and local governments.


See timeline below for more information:

Where can I be counted?

Online, by telephone, or via mail! This is the first Census to go digital, so you can fill out your household survey on your home computer or at any of the internet enabled Census Action Kiosks, which will be available at convenient locations across L.A. County.

Why does the Census matter?

Every 10 years, people across the country and in California fill out the Census in order to have an accurate count of all people in the United States. The 2020 Census will help decide how billions of dollars will reach our families. Your response to the Census helps determine funding for dozens of programs that provide essential resources to our community, including schools, child care programs, road maintenance projects, and social assistance programs.

Is the Census safe?

Information collected during the 2020 Census can’t be shared or used against you in any way. Your information is only used to generate statistics, it can’t be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies, and it can’t be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. Your privacy and security are taken seriously.

What questions are asked on the Census?

  1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?

  2. Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020 that you did not include in Question 1?

  3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home--

    1. Owned by you or someone int his household with a mortgage or loan?​

    2. Owned by you or someone in this household free and clear (without a mortgage or loan)?

    3. Rented?

    4. Occupied without payment of rent?

  4. What is your telephone number?​

  5. Please provide information for each person living here. If there is someone living here who pays the rent or owns this residence, start by listing him or her as Person 1. If the owner or person who pays the rent does not live here, start by listing any adult living here as Person 1. What is Person 1's name?

  6. What is Person 1's sex?

  7. What is Person 1's age and what is Person 1's date of birth?

  8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?

  9. What is Person 1's race?​​

    • Please answer BOTH Question 8 about Hispanic origin and Question 9 about race. For this census, Hispanic origins are not races.​

If there is more than one person living in the house apartment, or mobile home, additional questions will be asked for each person including:

  1. Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else? (mark all that apply)

  2. How is this person related to Person 1?

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