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 census website

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Respond now to the 2020 Census.

This affects every single person in Santa Maria!

Filling out the census is easy. It is nine questions. It can be done online, over the phone, or by a requested paper form.

The census counts everyone where they live and sleep most of the time, even if the living arrangement is temporary. 

The census form should only take about 10 minutes to fill out.

Every person counts including babies, children, and college students where they reside on April 1, 2020.

March 12 to 20: Most households will receive an invitation to respond online to the 2020 census. Some households also will receive a paper questionnaire.

March 12 to 24 :Reminder letter will be sent in the mail.

April 1, 2020: is National Census Day! Everyone in the United States is encouraged to respond.

March 26 to April 3: Reminder postcard will be sent in the mail.

April 3 to 5: Respond online to the 2020 Census; a reminder letter will be sent in the mail.

Questions and answers from local neighborhoods, during speaking engagements by Mark van de Kamp:

1. Can many people answer the census form on a common shared computer, or will the machine’s IP address flag it as a problem? (the Santa Maria Public Library will make public computers available. Also, what if a resident makes his/her computer available to others? Many people in the mobile home park lack a computer.)


ANSWER: Yes, the census can be completed by multiple people from one computer. The Census Bureau is anticipating and planning for multiple responses from computers in places like libraries and around other outreach activities.


2. How will the homeless be counted?

ANSWER: see this link for information:


3. Mobile home residents asked for clarification to Census Questionnaire question #3, because they may own their mobile home but NOT the land on which it is parked/built. (The census question is: Is this house, apartment, or mobile home…. Owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage or loan? Include home equity loans. Is it owned by you or someone in this household free and clear (without a mortgage or loan)? Rented? Occupied without payment or rent?)


ANSWER: The questions calls out "mobile home", not "land lot", so if they own the mobile home, they check they appropriate box.