Census 2020

Census 2020

We All Count

The United States census is conducted every 10 years in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. The goal is to count every single person living in the entire country. A complete count is essential to many aspects of life, from the allocation of millions of dollars in federal funds to Monterey County for schools, roads, housing, health services, to political representation at all levels of government and economic development impact for the region.

Dan Baldwin, President/CEONot counting someone doesn’t mean they’re not here. Loss of funding because of undercounting means California and Monterey County won’t have resources to implement programs for the full complement of people in need.”

The Challenges – Quick Facts

While the census carries major implications for all of us, we face serious challenges in having a fair and accurate count.

  • Monterey County has one of the highest hard-to-count populations in California: of the population of 437,907 35% or 151,262 people live in hard-to-count areas.
  • Hard-to-count populations are some of the most vulnerable, including low-income communities, immigrants, indigenous communities, the homeless, people of color and children ages 0-5.
  • For the first time ever, most questionnaires will be collected online, making it difficult for households that lack digital access to participate. 9% of Monterey County’s households have either no internet access or dial up-only.
  • The possibility of including the citizenship question is still expected to suppress participation within immigrant communities despite the June 27 Supreme Court ruling to exclude it.
  • For each person not counted, more than $2,000 per person in federal aid in Monterey County will be lost annually, or $20,000 per person over 10 years until the next census.
  • If just 1% of California residents are not counted, California will lose over $770 million in annual federal funding.

Census 2020 Fund

Census 2020 Flyer FrontThe Community Foundation for Monterey County is committed to supporting efforts for education and outreach for hard-to-count populations by establishing a pooled fund to ensure all residents are counted. Grants from the fund will be awarded to nonprofit organizations working to educate and engage hard-to-count communities.

 Download the Census Flyer

Please consider a contribution to the Census 2020 Fund for an accurate and complete count of ALL people who live and work in Monterey County.

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Census 2020 Grants

Action Council of Monterey County Census 2020 Collaborative (Building Healthy Communities, Central Coast Labor Council and COPA)$70,000
California Rural Legal Assistance$30,000
Castroville Coalition$15,000
Catholic Charities$5,000
Center for Community Advocacy$80,000
Central Coast Center for Independent Living$20,000
Community Association of Big Sur$25,000
Centro Binacional Para el Desarollo Indigena Oaxaqueno$25,000
City of Seaside$21,000
Coalition of Homeless Services Providers$65,650
Community Builders for Monterey County$40,000
First 5 Monterey County$40,000
Lideres Campesinas$34,000
Loaves, Fishes and Computers (LFC)$10,000
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA)$10,000
Radio Bilingue$42,000
United Way Monterey County$15,000
University Corporation at Monterey Bay$15,000

Take the Census

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For Nonprofits

Monterey County Census Video Shows Importance of Complete Count

Hard-to-Count Areas in Monterey County

Census Map 2020