More About the Census
Census 2020 - Our Community Counts. Our Community Belongs.
2020 is an important year, as the Census Bureau is undertaking Census 2020 in order to count every adult, child, and infant living in the United States. Census 2020 is important because it brings federal funding to our community for schools, roads, and housing. The City of Dublin, in partnership with Alameda County, is working to ensure that everyone in our community is counted.
What is the Census?
Every ten years, since 1790, the Census Bureau counts everyone living in the country in order to collect basic information including: age, sex, and race, for every adult, child, and infant. Census 2020 will not ask about citizenship status or for information like a social security number.
Starting in March 2020, everyone will be asked to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Responses are confidential and are protected by law.
Why is the Census important?
The Census gives us data about our community, informs the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding, and determines the number of decision-makers representing us. Alameda County gets billions of dollars from the federal government for essential services -- healthcare, school programs, housing, transportation, social services, and more -- based solely on the Census count.
However, nearly 26% of Alameda County residents are considered “Hard-to-Count” and face barriers to Census completion. An undercount means fewer resources for everyone; for every person not counted, our community loses $10,000 over the next 10 years.
Alameda County and the City of Dublin are working together, along with community partners, to ensure an accurate count. We are counting on you to be counted, and we will continue to provide you with Census 2020 information and updates.
What can you do to get involved with the Census?
We invite you to become a Census Ambassador – and help us to promote the Census throughout the community - such as your house of worship, neighborhood, or organizations. Census Ambassadors will be provided with training, materials, and messaging to support Census participation. Apply to become a Census Ambassador today at http://bit.ly/CensusAmbassador.
For more information, visit the Resources web page.
You can also visit the Alameda County Complete Count Committee webpage at www.acgov.org/census2020.