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 helps make sure everyone has equitable representation, funding, and resources. 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 partners across the county to make sure everyone counts. Learn more »

Bay Area Funding Opportunities

NEW: Census 2020 Community Events RFP #OCA1004

San Mateo County released RFP #OCA1004 on Wednesday, January 29th. The purpose of this RFP is to raise the awareness of, and highlight the importance of, the Census by hosting a community event such as a block party, BBQ, children's carnival, picnic, concert or other gathering to bring people together.  The full RFP may be accessed here.

Previous Funding Opportunities

There were several opportunities to apply for grants/contracts from different funders around the Bay Area.  The purpose of these grants/contracts were to provide education and outreach to our County of San Mateo residents.  Opportunities were funded by the County of San Mateo, the Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative, and the United Way Bay Area. For more information about all the funding opportunities, and to see who has been funded, click here

Join San Mateo County: Everyone Counts + Bay Area Counts 2020 texting campaign. by pledging to complete the 2020 Census survey.  Text the start word COUNT to 650-200-2743, and you can opt-in to receive timely information such as local events happening near you, or a reminder to complete the survey. Or you can fill out this web form.  The pledge is offered in multiple languages, for more information visit our Pledge Page.

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Census Countdown

UPDATE: NO 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.

Recent Events

Group of people with census poster
Canvassing in East Palo Alto
Group of people with census poster
Canvassing in Redwood City
Group of people with census 2020 sign
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
Bring Your Children to Work Day
Everyone counts!
Census Ambassador Pilot Program
Women's Equality Day Panel
Philippine Flag Raising Day
Assemblymember Mullin Meeting
Senator Hill Meeting