On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, Rancho Cucamonga's City Council formally proclaimed its commitment to the 2020 Census efforts in the region, particularly in working towards ensuring that every person living in Rancho Cucamonga is counted. In partnership with the State of California, other local governments, businesses, schools, community organizations, and the Census Bureau, the City of Rancho Cucamonga is committed to robust outreach and communication strategies, focusing on reaching the hardest-to-count individuals of the community.
Make yourself count, make Rancho Cucamonga count!
The census is essentially a self-portrait of the nation. Every ten years, the United States Constitution mandates the federal government to count every person living in the country, regardless of age, race, or citizenship. Thus, every household should complete a census form by mail, phone, or online by April 1, 2020. Participating in the census is both your right and responsibility.
Census data shape the future of our community and define our voice in Congress.
- The 2020 Census will determine how more than $700 billion in federal government resources will be distributed each year for the next decade in California, San Bernardino County, and the City of Rancho Cucamonga.
- Census data is used to determine where schools, roads, hospitals, childcare centers, senior centers, and other services are built.
- Key federal programs rely on data and allocations derived from the census, including:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; CalFresh)
- Medicare Part B
- Highway Planning and Construction
- Section 8 Housing
- Title I Grants
- Special Education Grants (IDEA)
- State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Head Start
- Census data are also used for apportionment of Congressional seats and redistricting at all levels of government.
- Census data are critical to monitoring discrimination and the enforcement of a broad range of civil rights laws.
- Yes. Under the law, Census data can only be used for statistical purposes. Title 13 of the U.S. Code requires respondents' information to be kept confidential, guaranteeing personal information will not be used against respondents in court or by a government agency.
- Personal census information cannot be disclosed for 72 years (including names, addresses, and telephone numbers).
- Census Bureau staff who have access to personal information are sworn for life to protect confidentiality; and are subject to a $250,000 fine an/or up to five years in prison for wrongful disclosure of information.
- In March 2020, every household will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions to visit their website. Upon logging onto the Bureau's website, each household will fill out a simple 10-question form.
- The form can be completed in about 10 minutes. If a household does not respond, the Census Bureau will mail two reminders and a paper census form in the fourth mailing.
- Other options for completing the form via telephone or mail will be available. Individuals can call 800-923-8282 for more information.
- If a household does not submit a completed census form, then the Census Bureau will send an enumerator to that address to collect the information in person. Therefore, completing a census form early is the best way to avoid having an enumerator visit your home.
*Content adapted from the NALEO Foundation Factsheet, https://hagasecontar.org/archives/1684, 2019.