About the Census

Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count all residents in the United States, citizens and noncitizens alike, through a national census.  The next national census is in April 2020. The information is used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly. It is also used to make important decisions about community programs and services, like where to build homes and parks, establish public transit routes, build new roads and offer language access services.

Why It's Important

It makes sure everyone is equally represented at the local, state, and national levels. Learn more»

What you need to know

The next census will be in April 2020 and we need to count all our residents. Learn more »

What you can do

There are many ways you can help make sure everyone in our county gets counted. Learn more »

What we are doing

We are working with organizations and leaders across the County to make sure there is a complete count in our County. Learn more »

New Funding Opportunities - San Mateo Co RFP Released

There are several opportunities to apply for grants from different funders around the Bay Area to provide education and outreach to our County of San Mateo residents.  Please check back here often, or subscribe to receive email updates to stay informed of any new information. 

County of San Mateo - RFP Released July 10, 2019

The County of San Mateo is committed to ensuring a complete count of all residents in Census 2020.  Large segments of the county have historically been hard to count or are expected to be least likely to respond given the current political climate.  Therefore, we aim to work with trusted community partners to educate, motivate, and activate residents in participating in the census. The County of San Mateo is seeking proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations for Census 2020 Community Outreach and Support and released their Request for Proposals on July 10, 2019.  Applicants will need to register with Public Purchase to submit any questions or their proposals to the RFP, located hereThe RFP and appendices are below:

The timeline for the RFP is as follows:

  • July 10, 2019 11:30 AM PST - RFP released
  • July 19, 2019 1:00 PM PST - Deadline for questions, comments, and exceptions
  • July 24, 2019 9:30 AM PST - Pre-proposal meeting located at 455 County Center, Room 405, Redwood City, CA
  • August 7, 2019 1:00 PM PST - Proposals due
  • Week of August 12, 2019 - Interviews
  • September 17, 2019 - Submission of contracts to County Board for approval
  • September 23, 2019 - Anticipated contract award date

Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative

To minimize the undercount in our region, the Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative - including Silicon Valley Community Foundation, East Bay Community Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers and other funders in the region - accepted proposals to support Census education and outreach efforts to hard-to-count communities in the nine-county Bay Area.  Notification of awards will happen in August. Questions? Contact census2020@siliconvalleycf.org

​United Way of the Bay Area

The California Complete Count Office announced that United Way of the Bay Area was awarded the ACBO contract for Region 3, in which San Mateo County is located, for a total of $2.8 million. They issued their RFP in June 2019, with awards being decided in August-September 2019.  Visit their website here for more information.


UPDATE: Citizenship Question on Census 2020

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question from being added to the Census 2020 but left it up to the administration to make the case in lower courts for its inclusion.On July 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed that the decision has been made to print the Census 2020 questionnaire without the citizenship question.  

Stand Up For the Count - Everyone Counts!

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Recent Events

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Canvassing in East Palo Alto
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Canvassing in Redwood City
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Canvassing in South San Francisco
San Mateo County Census Steering Committee
County Census Steering Committee
Complete Count Committee
Complete Count Committee
April 1st Census 2020 Community Launch
April 1st Census 2020 Community Launch
April 1st Census 2020 Community Launch
April 1st Census 2020 Community Launch
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Census Ambassador Pilot Program