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The United States Census 2020

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Make Costa Mesa Count during this year's Census!

Encouraging your friends and neighbors to fill it out is especially important for determining how that money is spent and how you are represented!

The City of Costa Mesa has partnered with the United States Census Bureau to participate in the upcoming U.S. Census and make sure that all those who call Cosa Mesa home are counted. The census is important to the future of Costa Mesa and can shape many aspects of our community. The results of the count will help to determine how as much as $675 billion in federal funding will be distributed to states and cities. The census also provides the basis for redistricting and reapportioning seats in Congress, ensuring that all those who live here have a voice. This year’s census is especially focused on making sure the traditionally hard to count groups, which may include students, children under 5, renters, local veterans, people experiencing homelessness, etc., are all counted. Your participation helps to provide an accurate picture of who we are as a city and further ensures that we remain a thriving, sustainable city for years to come.

The census is not only important for residents. Businesses can utilize demographics data to further economic development and job opportunities, and non-profit organizations, schools, or philanthropic groups are able to use census information to better direct funding, resources, and services to those in Costa Mesa who need it most.


Survey responses are protected by Title 13 of the U.S. Constitution and remain confidential. This means that the federal government cannot use census data for any reason other than statistical purposes and cannot share your information to other government agencies. Violating this law results in a $250,000 fine and 5-years imprisonment.

Taking the Census

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census happens every 10 years and has been since 1790. The letter invites households to participate in the Census in three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

Here is how you can take the 2020 census TODAY:

Take the census now

To learn more about the census, what to expect, and how participation is vital to all those residing and working in our community, please visit

Helpful Links & Resources

Handouts & Fact Sheets 

Key Census Dates & Timeline

  • MARCH TO OCTOBER: Self-Response Phase
    • Take your census online, by phone, or by mail!
  • MARCH 23, 2020: National Census Week!
  • APRIL 1, 2020: Census Day nationwide!
  • AUGUST TO OCTOBER 2020: Non-response follow-u. To avoid a census taker from going to your door, fill out and submit your Census Questionnaire!
  • OCTOBER 31, 2020: End of the 2020 Census response period 


The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe for all participants. Here are some tips to help you stay safe.

Staying Safe at Home

If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, verify their identity by checking to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

If you still have questions about their identity, you can call (800) 923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Staying Safe Online

Always remember that the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers
  • Money or donations

Reporting Phishing or Suspected Fraud

If you suspect fraud, call (800) 923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact the Costa Mesa Police Department at (714) 754-5252.