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US Census 2020

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Facts about the 2020 Census:


The census count takes place every ten years. If one person is not counted, our community could miss out on up to $20,000 in federal funding for the next ten years.  

Starting today (March 12) households will begin receiving a formal U.S. Census invitation with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Households can respond online or by phone in English and 12 non-English languages (Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese).

The census helps inform how $675 billion will be distributed to communities across the United States for roads, schools, health care and other services that enhance the quality of life in our communities. We can ensure Kern gets the resources it deserves by encouraging everyone to respond to the Census. 

The census only takes a few minutes, ten minutes for most, and the impact of your participation will be felt for the next ten years. 


Key Dates: 


March 12 - 20: Households will begin receiving a formal U.S. Census invitation with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Some Census tracts in Kern, will receive the paper questionnaire from March 12 to March 20. Check out this interactive map which details the 2020 Census Mail Contact Strategies.

Beginning March 20:  We will be able to see our community's 2020 self-response response rate in real time! Based on this real time data, the U.S. Census Bureau will set up mobile questionnaire assistance centers, staffed with an official census employee.  

March 16 - 24: A reminder letter will be sent out to households who haven't responded. 

March 26 - April 1: A reminder postcard will be sent out to households who haven’t responded.

March 30 - April 1: The U.S. Census Bureau will count people experiencing homelessness at service locations and pre-identified outdoor locations through Service-Based Enumeration (SBE). SBE will count people at shelters, soup kitchens, regularly scheduled mobile food vans and target non-sheltered outdoor locations to count people who are experiencing homelessness over this three day period.

April 1: April 1 is officially designated as Census Day. Remember when completing the Census, everyone living in your home should be included on the census questionnaire.

April 8 - 16: Households that have not responded to the census will be mailed a paper questionnaire during this period. 

May through July: Census enumerators will begin visiting households who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.


Quick Facts


Did you know?...

  • In 2010, only 65% of Kern households self-responded to the census. 
  •  The citizenship question will NOT appear on the 2020 census form.
  • In 2010, 1 million children were not counted in the United States.

The Kern Complete Count Committee is your local source!

The Kern Complete Count Committee is a collaboration of community stakeholders including government agencies, non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, foundations, and media partners working to increase awareness about responding to the 2020 Census and increasing participation among Kern’s hard-to-count (HTC) populations. HTC populations that have been historically undercounted include African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, children under five, and people experiencing homelessness (among others). 

Visit for more local resources. 

Every Kern County Library is home to a Census Action Kiosk. The community is encouraged to use a Census Action Kiosk location to fill out your household’s 2020 Census questionnaire.  View a list of available Kiosk locations.