Census 2020

Mountain View Counts

The City of Mountain View encourages all Mountain View residents to participate in the United States 2020 Census.  Together with the County of Santa Clara, the City is committed to a full count in the 2020 Census.

About Census 2020

Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation's population to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state.  The government also uses census data to distribute an estimated $600 billion dollars in federal funding annually.

The City is committed to ensuring a full count of all Mountain View residents.  The County of Santa Clara has dedicated resources and expertise to develop a comprehensive, collaborative and ongoing effort to identify hard-to-count populations and identify the most effective ways to encourage participation in the census.  We will continue to work together - local government, community agencies, and our residents - to make sure everyone is counted in 2020.

Census 101: What You Need to Know


When is Census 2020?

The official Census Day is April 1, 2020.  In March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin to mail letters to every household with information on how to complete the census.  In May 2020, U.S. Census field staff (called enumerators) will visit households who have not completed the census.

Census 2020 – What to Expect

When it is time to respond, most households will receive an invitation in the mail.  Depending on how likely your area is to respond online, you will receive either an invitation encouraging you to respond online or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire.  Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.

Get Involved

Help make Census 2020 successful! Volunteers are needed during the efforts to complete the Census 2020. To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit the County of Santa Clara website and sign up for updates using the sign up form.  In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau offers job opportunities on the U.S. Census Bureau website or view the flyer.

Useful Information

2020 Census: Why We Ask
The 2020 Census and Confidentiality 

For More Information

Visit the U.S. Census Bureau on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, or visit their website.  To learn more about Census 2020 in Mountain View, contact the City Manager's Office at city.mgr@mountainview.gov