What is the census?
The census is a once-a-decade population count of the United States, mandated by the Constitution. The 2020 count will cover all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The census has taken place every decade since 1790, making this year's count the 24th iteration.
Data from the census is used by people and institutions from different sectors of business and government to provide services, products, and support. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
Hermosa Beach wants your help to raise the city's census response rate! In 2010, the city's response rate was 75%. Even a 5% increase in the response makes the city's count more accurate, ensuring fair representation in legislative bodies and fair allocation of federal funding.
To achieve a 5% increase in response rates, around 450 more households need to respond than in 2010. It only takes 10-15 minutes to ensure your city is fairly represented and your community is supported in the coming decade.
How do I participate?
For the first time, you can fill out the census online (my2020census.gov) or by phone (844-330-2020). Beginning March 12, all households in the United States will receive official Census Bureau mail inviting them to respond to the census. Most households will be invited to complete the census online, with a unique 12-digit ID to use to identify your household in the online form.
Once your household receives an invitation, one person in your household can fill out the form, making sure to account for every person in living in your household on April 1, 2020. Don’t forget to count every single person, including newborn babies and roommates!
For the first time, you can fill out the census online (my2020census.gov) or by phone (844-330-2020). The official Census Bureau mail you receive will contain a unique 12-digit ID to use in the online form. Traditional census forms will also be mailed, which can be filled out and placed in a mailbox. Follow the instructions you receive on official Census Bureau mail.
Having problems filling out the census? The Hermosa Beach Library is hosting a Census Action Kiosk, with trained Goodwill Ambassadors on hand to provide assistance. The kiosk will be available Tue – Fri 11 am – 1 pm and Sat 10 am – 12 pm. The library's public internet computers will be available during regular library hours for anyone to access the census online. For more information about the Census Action Kiosk call the library at (310) 379-8475.
Why should I participate?
The census impacts the amount of money available to the city, the community, and individuals.
Counts from the census affect how much money Hermosa Beach receives from federal and state agencies in the next 10 years. In the past 10 years, the city has received federal and state funding for projects like Safe Routes to Schools and ADA improvements, allocated, in part, by 2010 census data. The census count can also affect the amount of money the Hermosa Beach City School District receives for programs, as well as the amount available to individuals for social welfare programs.
The census impacts your representation in local, state, and federal legislative bodies.
The decennial census count determines how many seats California gets in the House of Representatives for the next 10 years. With population distribution in mind, the 2020 California Redistricting Commission will redraw congressional districts, state legislative districts and the districts for the Board of Equalization, using census data ensure fair representation. At the local level, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors uses census data in its redistricting process.
The census produces data that is useful to everyone.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.
Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.