The Census Count Still Counts–Here’s How to Participate without Meeting a Census Taker
The City of Culver City, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and Los Angeles County, empowers Culver City residents to participate in the Census count online, over the phone, or by mail as soon as possible. Preserving the health and safety of our residents remains of the utmost importance to the City and our partners as we collaborate to fulfill our constitutional obligation to deliver an accurate 2020 Census count during our fight against the Coronavirus. We must count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
Fortunately, it has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail–all without having to meet a Census taker.
The 2020 Census is happening now. Here is how you can participate to ensure you are counted.
Respond Online: Respond to the Census online by visiting the
My Census 2020 portal (Census Bureau website). The questionnaire is available in 13 languages to ensure that you can respond in your preferred language.
Refer to the Online Response Guide (Census Bureau webpage) to access the questionnaire in alternative languages and see responses to FAQs about the online questionnaire.
Respond over the Phone: English speakers can call (844) 330-2020 and Spanish speakers (844) 468-2020 to participate in the Census by phone. Lines are open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM PST and also available in 13 languages.
Visit Questions Asked (Census Bureau webpage) to preview questions and/or refer to the Phone Response Guide (Census Bureau webpage) to learn more about responding by phone.
Respond by Mail: To respond to the Census, you can mail back the paper questionnaire sent to your home (mailed to areas less likely to respond online March 12-20). The paper questionnaire includes a prepaid postage envelope to return it by mail.
Visit the Paper (Mail) Response Guide (Census Bureau webpage) to confirm that the 2020 Census questionnaire you received is legitimate, learn instructions for completing the paper form and more.
All households that have not responded online or by phone will receive a paper questionnaire between April 8 and April 16, though they can still respond online and by phone through July 31. Prepaid postage envelopes will be included in these paper questionnaires as well. Census takers still plan to conduct nonresponse visits starting April 9. However, the Census Bureau may change plans as it continues to follow public health authority guidance.
The City reminds our community that now more than ever, an accurate and complete 2020 Census count is vital to Culver City’s future. Census data is used to determine funding for programs and projects ranging from early childhood education to senior nutrition.
If you have additional questions or would like outreach materials targeted towards particular hard to count populations,
please email Jesse Mays, Assistant City Manager, or call (310) 253-6009. You can also find more information and outreach materials on our Census 2020 webpage. Census Timeline
April 1: Celebrate National Census Day
Join million of people throughout the country by completing your census form online.
March 12 - 20: Be Counted By Mail
If you prefer to respond by mail, reminders and paper copies of the census form will be mailed to LA County households.
Mid April: Last Reminder
Households that have not yet completed their census form will receive final reminder postcards before in-person visits from Census workers begin.
August 11 - October 31: Household Visits
U.S. Census Bureau workers begin visiting households across LA County that have not completed a census form to make sure everyone is counted.
October 31: Last Day to Participate
Final deadline to submit your household's census survey.
What is Census 2020?
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. census counts every resident in the United States, determining funding to state, local and tribal governments.
How does the Census affect me?
The census affects:
Your voice in government. Census data determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment).
The amount of funding the federal government allows the City of Culver City, Los Angeles County, and California.
The future of Culver City.
Will my information be kept confidential?
Yes. Under the law, Census data can only be used for statistical purposes. Title 13 of the U.S. Code requires respondent’s information to be kept confidential, and guarantees personal information will not be used against respondents in court or by a government agency.
Census Bureau staff who have access to personal information are sworn for life to protect confidentiality, and are subject to a $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of information.
2020 Census "Be Counted" Open House
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the City hosted a Open House, geared towards representatives from organizations that represent and can outreach to "hard to count" populations (renters, non-English speakers, racial and ethnic minorities, young children, LGBTQ persons, homeless, low income persons, and others).
Resident Resources Community Partner Resources
Community partners can use the
U.S. Census Bureau - Community Outreach Toolkit (PDF), graphics, and social media hashtags below to spread the word about the Census.
Posters & Flyers
Social Media Hashtags