What is the Census? Why is it important?
National count of the U.S. used for representation, funding and statistics
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 do I fill it out if...
I have a baby born on Census Day?
The self-response period is open until April 30, 2020. If you have a child prior to April 30th include them in the count of your household. If your child is born after April 30th, do not include them as a member of your household.
I am a renter?
The Census questionnaire is designed to capture residents where they live at the time of submission. Even if your housing situation is temporary, you should fill out the census using the address you sleep at on that day. Additionally, it is important that your entire residence be included in this count; be sure to coordinate with your roommates/housemates so that everyone is marked down.
I am a student?
For students attending boarding school or commuting to college from home, you should be counted at your parent or guardian’s home address. For college students living on or near campus, you should be counted where you eat and sleep most of the time, even if you are home or on break on Census Day!
Foreign students attending school in the United States should count themselves at their on or off-campus residence. On the flip side, American students studying internationally should not be counted as they are not currently living in the country.
Multiple family units live at my address?
The census questionnaire is designed to capture residents where they live at the time of submission. It is important that everyone at your address be counted where they are – however temporary, however crowded. Even if one family is upstairs and a different family is downstairs, or one family is in the main house and another is in the back house, everyone should be counted!
Please note that this information is used only for statistical and funding purposes.None of this information will be shared with landlords, law enforcement, immigration agencies, or the Internal Revenue Service.
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 legal required to maintain the confidentiality of your data for life. Violation of Title 13 is a federal crime.
Inland Empire Complete Count Committee
Leadership body that stands two counties and various sectors
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
Coalition of Nonprofits working on census outreach
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.
When is the Census?
The 2020 Census will begin online March 12, 2020 and stay open through April 30, 2020. Beginning in May, the United States Census Bureau will send census takers door to door to county people who did not respond by the April 30, due date.
What is the Census used for?
The results of the Census are used for three main purposes: representation, federal funding, and data.
It is critically important to count every person in the United States so that the government can ensure all residents get proper representation. Census counts determine how many Congressmembers each state gets in the House of Representatives and congressional, state senate, and state assembly district lines are drawn based on the amount of people in any given area.
Census data determines how more than $675 billion of the federal budget gets spent across the nation every year. In California specifically, a third of our state budget comes from the federal government to pay for programs like Medi-Cal, public education, housing infrastructure and housing assistance programs.
Most of the information we have about our residents, comes from the Census. It’s critically important to have accurate information about our residents to better understand the needs of our communities. For example, knowing how many children are under the age of five years in the Inland Empire helps us tailor and target our children’s programs to the areas most in need.
What does it mean to be Hard to Count?
Hard to count, or hard to reach, people are those who have a history of not participating in the Census. There are a great number of factors that could influence someone responding or not responding to the Census, including but not limited to:
- Communities of Color – Latinx, Black and African Americans, Native Americans and tribal communities, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Middle Eastern and North Africans
- Immigrants and Refugees
- People with Disabilities
- LGBTQ identifying people
- Seniors/Older Adults
- Children 0-5
- Homeless individuals and families
- Areas with low/no broadband subscriptions
- Households with limited English proficiency
Do I have to fill out the Census?
Yes, it is required by federal law to truthfully answer and return the Census questionnaire. People who do not respond by April 30 or submit an incomplete survey are subject to being visited in person by a federal census taker.
Is filling out the Census safe?
Yes! Title 13 of the United States Code requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics. The government cannot publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you. They also cannot share your information with immigration enforcement agencies such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation or police, or allow it to be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. Any violation of this law can result in imprisonment up to 5 years and/or a fine up to $250,000.
What is National Census Day?
Census Day is a nationally observed day to acknowledge census enumeration. Census Day is April 1, 2020 . By this date, all households should have been mailed instructions on how to respond.