Census 2020

Every ten years, America comes together to participate in the census or count of everyone living in the country. It includes people of all ages, races, citizens and non-citizens, providing the basis for distributing billions of dollars in federal funding. The Canyon Lake POA is helping get the word out about the importance of the 2020 Census for our City, Riverside County and for California. Taking part in the census is your right and civic duty.

Why it matters

The U.S. Census affects every city and resident across the country, including right here in Canyon Lake. An accurate count of the city’s population is vital because the information is used for many things, including:

  • Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments
  • Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods
  • Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives

How to participate

Every household must complete a census survey by April 1, 2020 and this time it’s easier than ever. 

  • Online – For the first time you will be able to fill out the census online. You will receive a postcard in the mail with a personal code and directions
  • Mail - Paper surveys can also be made available
  • Phone – Information can also be entered by dialing in

Private & Confidential

By law, The U.S. Census Bureau cannot share the information collected with others. This includes Immigration and Naturalization Services, The Internal Revenue Service, military, police, etc.

What to Watch For

  • February 2020 – Group counts begin (shelters, dorms, nursing homes, etc.)
  • March 23, 2020 – Letters mailed. Residents invited to respond
  • April 1, 2020 – Census Day
  • May 2020 – Non-response follow-up
  • December 31, 2020 – Count delivered to President


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