Census 2020

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CA Census 2020

What does the Census tell us about Elk Grove?

The Census data provides a wealth of information about our community. Here is a sample:

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Why is the Census Important?

The census happens only once every decade. It is used for the following purposes:

  1. Deciding how over $675 billion in annual federal funding is distributed to States, Counties and Localities. More information on how federal funding is distributed to California
  2. Determines the number and boundaries for numerous elected offices. The number of seats that California will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and the number of Electoral College votes are determined by Census data. California state Assembly and state Senate legislative district boundaries are determined based on Census data.
  3. The City, the Elk Grove Unified School District and the Cosumnes Service District use Census data to better understands the residents and needs of our community and help plan for new schools, improving transportation, supporting public safety and emergency preparedness and building new parks.
  4. Businesses use Census data to determine where to locate factories, warehouses, restaurants, and retail stores, where they can find new employees or new customers.


  • March 16 – 23, 2020: Mailing #1 sent to every home
  • March 20 – 27, 2020: Mailing #2 sent to non-respondents
  • March 30 – April 6, 2020: Mailing #3 sent to non-respondents
  • March 2020: Enumeration begins for transitory locations (RV parks, campgrounds, tent cities, marinas, hotels) and group quarters (dorms, nursing homes) and the homeless.
  • April 1, 2020: National Census Day!
  • April 12 – 19, 2020: Mailing #4 letter and paper questionnaire sent to those who have not yet responded
  • April 23 – 20, 2020: Mailing #5 sent to non-respondents
  • April – July 31, 2020: In-person, non-response follow-up


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