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

There were several opportunities to apply for grants/contracts from different funders around the Bay Area that closed recently.  The purpose of these grants/contracts were to provide education and outreach to our County of San Mateo residents.  

NEW County of San Mateo - Mini-Contracts RFP Released September 16, 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 was seeking proposals from Not for Profit organizations for Census 2020 Community Outreach Projects. All three documents pertaining to this RFP are located on this webpage here and include the RFP, the Funding Application, and the Budget Template.

The timeline for this RFP is:

  • RFP Released: September 16, 2019  11:30am PST
  • Deadline for questions, comments and exceptions: September 25, 2019  12:00pm PST
  • Proposal Due: October 9, 2019  12:00pm PSF
  • Anticipated Contract Award Date: November 13, 2019
County of San Mateo - RFP Released July 10, 2019 / Closed August 7, 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 was seeking proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations for Census 2020 Community Outreach and Support and released their Request for Proposals on July 10, 2019.  For more information, visit the RFP page located here.

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.

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