At the Y, we are dedicated to strengthening the foundations of our community. In order to do that, we need an understanding of who we are as a nation. This is what the United States Census provides.

The next Census is in Spring 2020! The Y is part of Count Me 2020, a coalition of 100 community organizations working to ensure a complete and accurate 2020 Census count in San Diego and Imperial counties. We want to make sure San Diegans are counted so we can put those resources to good use here at home!


What is the Census and why does it matter?

The Census determines how federal funding is given out to our communities. Over $1.5 trillion annually is distributed for programs that support our communities and benefit all Americans. Every person who gets counted brings $1250 to California!

Census information is used to:

  • Build Better roads and schools
  • Fund community programs for seniors, children, and families
  • Create jobs, and
  • Improve Housing


When is the Census?

March 12-20 – Invitations mailed

March 16-April 3 – Reminder letters and postcards mailed

April 1 – CENSUS DAY!

April 8-16 – Hard copy census mailed

April 20-27 – Final reminder postcards mailed


How do I get counted?

Beginning March 12, there are three ways you can complete the Census:

Mail: You can request a paper Census form in English or Spanish

Phone: The Census can be completed by phone in 13 languages.

Online: A Census form will be available to complete online in 13 languages.


What do I do now?

Download this Census 101 handout

Visit our partner site for more detailed information on the census count at

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