As the 2020 Census approaches, it’s never been more important to ensure that everyone in Orange County is counted.
Results from the 2020 Census will help determine how money is allocated to improve our schools, fix ours roads and highways, and to provide vital programs and resources in the community.
In Orange County, the 2020 Census will determine how money is allocated toward schools, free lunch programs, college grants, housing vouchers, and more – that’s why Orange County United Way is encouraging everyone to take the 2020 Census.
Why Your 2020 Census Response Matters
- Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone’s help.
- The Census can shape many different aspects of the Orange County community.
- Every Person Counts – This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens.
- Make 2020 Count – With your count, we have fair representation in government.
- Your Information is Safe and Protected – By Federal Law, the Census Bureau cannot share your information with immigration and law enforcements.
2020 Census Important Dates
- March 12: Self response begins with an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census (some households will also receive paper questionnaires)
- March 16-24: A reminder letter will go out to those who have not responded to the census
- March 26-April 3: A second reminder postcard will be sent out to take the census
- April 1: Census Day!
- April 8-30: A reminder letter and paper questionnaire will be sent out to households who have not responded to the census
- April 27-May 9: A final reminder postcard will be sent to take the census
- May 28-August 14: Non-response follow-up begins. Census-takers begin to visit homes through August 14th
2020 Census Common Questions
Why are you required to take the 2020 census? (Importance)
- Census data drives decision making that impact the lives of each and every person living in the United States.
- Census data is used to advocate for more resources for the community members. It will determine fair respresentation in local, state and federal government, inlcuding Orange County.
Who is required to respond to the 2020 Census?
- Everyone living in the 50 states of U.S. territories is reuired by law to be counted through the census.
How your personal information is protected?
- By law, U.S. Census data cannot be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies. By law, U.S. Census data cannot be used to determine eligibility for government benefits.
Do you have additional resources?
How Do I Get Help Filling Out The Census?
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QACs) are no longer available until further notice.
For help, please refer to the phone numbers and websites provided below.
Impact Of The Census In Orange County
A fair and accurate count is critical for Orange County – equal representation, adequate federal funding for our state and cities, placement of our schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers, free lunch programs, housing vouchers, college grants, and more.
Our democracy – and a lot of money – is at stake. Everyone must be counted. Let your voice be heard!