What is the Census? Why is it important?

The United States Census is a national population count that occurs every ten years. The data collected by the census will help Riverside and San Bernardino counties’ diverse communities ensure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly to local communities for public services and infrastructure needs.

How will my information be protected?

Title 13 of the U.S. Code governs the Census Bureau and provide strong protections on the information that they collect. It is illegal for the Census Bureau to disclose or publish any private information that identifies any individuals or businesses. Information provided by someone who participates in a Census Bureau survey cannot be used against them. Census Bureau employees are legall required to maintain the confidentiality of your data for life. Violation of Title 13 is a federal crime. Learn more by visiting:

Inland Empire Complete Count Committee

Individual county governments are typically the primary driver of census awareness and outreach across the country. In January of 2019, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties took a historic step in unanimously passing resolutions to combine resources as one unified region to best ensure our communities are properly counted. The Inland Empire Complete Count Committee (IE-CCC) is a leadership body that draws on representatives from the nonprofit, government, education, business, and philanthropic sectors to develop a Census awareness campaign specific to San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Members of the Nonprofit Census Outreach Table are members of the IE-CCC but this entity is unique in its own right.This website is dedicated to uplifting the work of the Inland Empire Complete Count Committee.

Nonprofit Census Outreach Table

Building on the growing collaborative capacity of the Inland Empire, the Nonprofit Census Outreach Table has formed a broad coalition of community-based organizations with deep roots in under-served areas to coordinate Census awareness and outreach. Each individual organization has a unique mission and expertise, and through working together and sharing resources, we as a collective can best ensure our community at large and on the regional level is counted fully and accurately in the 2020 Census.To learn more about the Nonprofit Census Outreach Table, visit their website below.


Important Dates- Revised

All households should receive a postcard with instructions on how to participate online, over the phone, through the mail or at a questionnaire assistance center. Residents can begin completing the Census.

All households should receive a postcard with instructions on how to participate online, over the phone, through the mail or at a questionnaire assistance center. Residents can begin completing the Census.

National Census Day. This is the day when all residents must be counted once, and only once, where they live on this date. Read FAQs for more information. Self-responses will be taken until April 30, 2020.

Non-response follow up. If you haven’t completed your Census form by this time, you will be visited by a federal Census taker.

Group Quarters Enumeration is the U.S. Census Bureau’s special processes for counting people who live or stay in group quarters during the 2020 Census. Because group quarters are owned or managed by a third party, the Census Bureau assists group quarters administrators in responding to the census on behalf of residents to ensure a complete and accurate census count.

Service-Based Enumeration provides an opportunity for people without conventional housing and people who may be experiencing homelessness to be counted in the census. Through this process, people who are not included in counts of traditional household-type living arrangements or group quarters are enumerated where they stay or receive services or at predetermined outdoor locations.

During the 2020 Census, more than 4,000 U.S. Census Bureau staff, called Census Response Representatives, will be in communities around the country that have low response rates to help people respond to the census. (These staff are separate from the census takers who will visit households that do not respond.) Census Response Representatives will visit events and key locations such as grocery stores and markets, houses of worship, community festivals, public transit hubs, libraries, community centers, and other locations where people naturally gather. There, the representatives will help people submit their census response either on a Census Bureau tablet or on the person’s own device.

In 2020, the Census Bureau will devote three days to counting people who are experiencing homelessness across the country, with checks in place to ensure that people aren’t counted more than once. These steps follow months of outreach and coordination with local census offices, partners, shelter directors, service providers, and others:

  • Steps 1: Counting people who are in shelters.
  • Step 2: Counting people at soup kitchens and mobile food vans.
  • Step 3: Counting people in non-sheltered, outdoor locations, such as tent encampments and on the streets.

2020 Census Enumeration at Transitory Locations counts people in occupied units at transitory locations who do not usually live or stay at another place. Transitory locations are places people are unlikely to live year-round, such as campgrounds, recreational vehicle (RV) parks, marinas, and hotels.


Explore the Map by clicking on it

The interactive map shows California census tracts and block groups shaded by the California Hard-to-Count Index.

Many California residents live in areas that, based on demographic, socioeconomic and housing characteristics, may be hard to count in 2020. Tools such as this Hard-to-Count (HTC) interactive map will help focus outreach efforts to get more people to participate and BE COUNTED!

Using the map

  • Pan the map to examine the community
  • Click on a tract to learn about an area
  • Zoom in to see census block group-level census data 


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