Census Day: Make Whittier Count on April 1, 2020
The City of Whittier has partnered with the United States Census Bureau to participate in the upcoming U.S. Census and make sure that all those who call Whittier home are counted during the nationwide process. The census is important to the future of Whittier and can shape many aspects of our community. The results of the count will help to determine how nearly $700 billion in federal funding will be distributed to states and cities, so encouraging your friends and neighbors to fill it out is very important. The census also provides the basis for redistricting and reapportioning seats in Congress, ensuring that all those who live here have a voice.
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census happens every 10 years with Census Day falling on April 1, 2020. By that time, Whittier households will receive an invitation to participate via one of three options: online, by phone, or by mail. Survey responses are protected by federal law and are confidential. This means that the federal government cannot use census data for any reason other than statistical purposes. However, the census isn’t only important for residents. Businesses can utilize demographics data to further economic development and job opportunities, and non-profit organizations, schools, or philanthropic groups are able to use census information to better direct funding, resources, and services to those in Whittier who need it most. This year’s census is especially focused on making sure the traditionally hard to count groups, which may include local veterans, seniors, people experiencing homelessness, etc., are all counted. Your participation helps to provide an accurate picture of who we are as a city and further ensures that we remain a thriving, sustainable city for years to come.
To learn more about the census, what to expect, and how participation is vital to all those residing and working in our community, please visit 2020census.gov.
Helpful Links & Resources
- census.lacounty.gov/census/ (Los Angeles County 2020 Census website)
- 2020census.gov (official U.S. 2020 Census website)
- Census.gov (official U.S. Census Bureau website)
- Hagascontar.org (NALEO Education Fund Census website)
Handouts & Fact Sheets
- Census 101: What You Need to Know
- 2020 Census Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Why We Ask Fact Sheet
- Confidentiality Fact Sheet (English)
- Confidentiality Fact Sheet (Spanish)
- How the Census Invites Everyone to Participate (English)
- How the Census Invites Everyone to Participate (Spanish)
- Counting Young Children
Key Census Dates & Timeline
- JANUARY 2020: Launch of the LA County Regional Census 2020 public awareness campaign
- MARCH 12, 2020: The Census Bureau begins mailing out invitations to fill out and complete the Census Survey to households across the nation
- MARCH 23, 2020: National Census Week!
- MID-MARCH 2020: Census Action Kiosks (CAKs) will open to the public as an option for filling out the Census Survey
- MARCH 29-31, 2020: Enumeration of Transitory Population and population experiencing homelessness
- APRIL 1, 2020: Census Day nationwide!
- APRIL TO JULY 2020: Non-response follow-up and household visits to those who did not complete the Census Survey
- JULY 31, 2020: End of the 2020 Census response period
*AVOIDING CENSUS FRAUD AND SCAMS*
The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe for all participants. Here are some tips to help you stay safe.
Staying Safe at Home
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, verify their identity by checking to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
If you still have questions about their identity, you can call (800) 923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
Staying Safe Online
Always remember that the Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Your Social Security number
- Your bank account or credit card numbers
- Money or donations
Reporting Phishing or Suspected Fraud
If you suspect fraud, call (800) 923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact the Whittier Police Department at (562) 567-9200.