Census 2020: Come to Your Census!

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The 2020 Census is upon us, and San Francisco Library is here to help you! We’ve partnered with the Census Bureau, Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs and Art + Action to ensure that every San Francisco resident is counted. It just takes 10 minutes to fill out 9 questions to bring $20,000 into your community and to protect your voting power. Over the coming months, the Library has organized a series of free public programs and art activations to inspire you to do your part. Join the fun and COME TO YOUR CENSUS, S.F.!

How can I be counted in the 2020 Census?

Why is it important to be counted in the 2020 Census? 

The Census count is used to decide:

  • Political representation: Census numbers are used for “apportionment,” i.e. determining how many congressional seats each state gets. If we are undercounted, California could lose a seat in Congress.
  • Federal funding. Census numbers are used to allot funding to states for housing, childcare, transportation and much more

2020 Census Timeline

  • March 12:  Households receive mailings about how to take the Census.
  • April 1: Census Day  (The census counts people born/alive as of this day)
  • Late April through July:  Census takers visit non-responder residences
  • December: Apportionment counts sent to President
  • January 2021:  First results published

Census-related Art and Activities

Through our partnership with Art + Action, the Library is centering art and local artists to engage the community in taking the census. Each library location will feature artwork from the COME TO YOUR CENSUS, S.F. campaign, which features original artwork by local artists who represent San Francisco’s diverse residents. Inspired by seeing two patrons collaborating on a jigsaw puzzle, Art + Action artist Anna Sergeeva designed custom census jigsaw puzzles for each branch with images culled from the SFPL’s Shades of San Francisco photography collection. Stop by a local branch to try one out or join us for a free screen print poster workshop with the Sanctuary City Print Shop. See the calendar below for upcoming programs. Also be sure to check out our exhibition, Census 2020: Looking Back As We Look Forward, at the Main Library. See the Census Coloring (PDF) pages by Antonio Benjamin. 

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