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Posted on: January 10, 2019

2020 Census

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The City of Scotts Valley, along with the County of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Capitola and Watsonville are actively working with the Census Office in preparation of the 2020 Census. The decennial census is the largest mobilization and operation conducted in the United States and requires years of research, planning and development of methods and infrastructure to ensure an accurate and complete count.  A significant change to the 2020 Census is that ALL responses will be completed online.  Canvassing for the 2020 Census is expected to begin as early as Spring 2019.


What is the Census?

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this occur every 10 years.


Why a Census?

The information the census collects helps determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year.


History of the Census

Thomas Jefferson led the first census in 1790. It had six questions: name of head of family and the number of persons in each household in five categories.


2020 Census Residence Criteria and Residence Situations

The Census Bureau has provided guidance on how to interpret the usual residence concept to determine where to count people in the 2020 Census.

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