About the Census

What is the Census?

More than just counting people, the Census has repercussions that last a decade at a time. The Census decides what vital programs are funded, where county lines should be drawn, and how many political representatives each county and city gets. From newborn children to our county’s eldest, each person counts.

Your Information is Secure

After much debate throughout 2019, the Supreme Court decided that the United States would not include a question which asked if the person was a United States citizen on the 2020 Census. All information included in the Census is secure and confidential. By law, Census information cannot be used for law enforcement or benefit eligibility purposes.

Census Fact

Census information cannot be used for law enforcement or benefit eligibility purposes.

What is funded by the Census count?

Housing and Infrastructure

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
  • Highway planning and construction
  • Fostercare (Title IV-E)


  • Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies
  • Headstart
  • Special Education Grants (IDEA)
  • Improving Teacher Quality State Grants


  • MediCal and MediCare Part B
  • State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • SNAP/CalFresh
  • The USDA’s National School Lunch Program
  • Capital Assistance Program for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities

For a full list of benefactors and more information about Census funding, visit the Public Policy Institute of California or read the Uses of Census Bureau Data in Federal Funds Distribution report.

Did you know…?

1 out of 3 children receives all of their immunizations, doctors’ visits, medication, and check-ups through CHIP or MediCare. MediCare is funded in part by the Census count.

In 2000, the United States Census Bureau made it possible to select more than one race.