LA County Counts in the 2020 Census

 Leaders join together for a “Census Call to Action” rally in downtown’s Grand Park. Photo by Bryan Chan / Board of Supervisors

Los Angeles County, City, and community leaders joined together for a “Census Call to Action” rally in downtown’s Grand Park to the County’s unprecedented partnership and to raise awareness exactly one year ahead of the 2020 census in an effort to ensure that hard-to-reach populations are counted.

“The 2020 census will significantly impact how the federal government allocates funding and resources,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “We are raising awareness a full year in advance of the 2020 census launch to ensure that Angelenos are fairly represented in the final census count.”

Los Angeles County is considered the hardest-to-count county in the nation with over 10 million residents. A Census undercount could translate to fewer federal funds for transportation infrastructure projects, economic development, and programs that help support our most vulnerable residents.

“The 2020 Census is the first census that will be done primarily electronically, creating an additional barrier for low-income families and communities of color. I am concerned that the effort to add a citizenship question may discourage responses, especially among immigrant communities. Today was a clear demonstration that LA County will work with our municipal and community partners to support our vulnerable communities. We embrace LA County’s diversity and we will make every effort to count every resident,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis. “An accurate census count is not only foundational to representative democracy, but it ensures that schools and communities throughout LA County receive their fair share of federal funding. The federal government must not leave our vulnerable communities underfunded and underrepresented. Everyone counts!”

The 2020 census will launch April 1, 2020. The census can shape many different local community benefits such as hospitals, fire departments, schools, and highways. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities. The census is mandated by the United States Constitution. The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.