To achieve an accurate assessment of the population living in the United States, the U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the nation’s population every 10 years. The most recent decennial Census was conducted in 2020. The population counts and data collected from the Census are used to make sure everyone is represented in our political system and that government resources are allocated fairly.
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Census data determines how many congressional seats a state receives; how much federal funding will be allocated to local communities for public services and infrastructure needs ranging from early childhood education to senior nutrition; and provides a picture of the changing demographics of the country. Additionally, Census data is used by governments to determine where schools, roads, hospitals, child care centers, senior centers and other facilities should be built, and by businesses to determine where to expand job hiring and establish new locations.
For more information on the County’s 2020 Census efforts, see below.
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2020 Census Committees
On March 14, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a motion initiating the formation of a Census 2020 Planning Committee. This Planning Committee engaged in initial planning for the 2020 Census and subsequently formed the Countywide Outreach CCC. The two committees were consolidated in April 2019 to form the Countywide Census Outreach CCC and streamline communications.
The Countywide Census Outreach CCC is co-led by the City of Los Angeles and is comprised of representatives from community based organizations, city and County departments, schools (K-12), higher education, interfaith organizations, unions, business/chambers, transportation-related agencies, and others. The CCC also includes the Stakeholder Subcommittee (led by the LA Regional Census Table) and QAC/QAK Subcommittee.