2020 Census

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How to Take the Census Online

Do you want to have a positive impact in San Luis Obispo for the next 10 years?

Shape Your Future by completing US 2020 Census.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau tries to count every person in America, gathering important data for making government districts and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds to state, county, and city governments, including colleges and universities.

A correct count of San Luis Obispo County’s population is very important. The Census impacts housing, education, transportation, employment, healthcare, and public policy in communities throughout our county. Furthermore, the Census will provide the most accurate population data to help aid policy makers, businesses, residents, community members etc. in decision making for the next decade.

The Census includes general questions about the number of people living in each household, including names, gender, age, and ethnicity. The Census questionnaire asks for people’s names to make sure each household member is counted only once.

The Census will NOT ask for payment to fill out the questionnaire, your Social Security number, citizenship status, or financial information.

The U.S. Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information it collects and keep it confidential.\

As a regional partner, the City is committed to working collaboratively with the County and community-based organizations to reach all residents of the community, including the Hard to Count populations. The City is committed to working with all stakeholders in the community to get an accurate count of the population in our area. Counting all households, including those deemed Hard to Count, will be key to accurately representing the California Central Coast in the 2020 Census. 

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Resources and Links 

Community Partners 

The County is the lead agency in the region for the 2020 US Census. For more information on the 2020 Census and resources in San Luis Obispo please visit the County of San Luis Obispo's website here


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Other Community Partners involved in the Census are: 

 Cities  Community Organizations

City of Grover

City of Arroyo Grande

City of Morro Bay

City of Paso Robles

City of Atascadero

  • Community Foundation SLO
  • Cal Poly
  • First5SLO
  • Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
  • League of Women Voters of SLO
  • People's Self-help Housing
  • Food Bank