Census 2020

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The 2020 Census is now available to take online! Go to my2020census.gov using your unique Census ID that came in the mail, or follow the steps provided.

The 2020 Census is here! It is vital that everyone in Goleta participates. Knowing who lives here allows us to get proper funding for important programs and services that we value and depend on. An undercount could result in a loss of money for the next ten years! Learn more about the importance of the Census with this presentation from Santa Barbara County.

At the March 3, 2020 City Council meeting, Council recognized the 2020 Census as an important event in the community, and we debuted our Census 2020 Make Goleta Count video for the first time. Watch the video below.


General Census Information


It is important you know that your responses to the Census are confidential; personal information is used for statistical purposes and it is against the law for that information to be shared or used against you in any way. View The 2020 Census and Confidentiality flyer for more information on this topic.

Another important reason to make sure you participate is that the count will also affect City of Goleta’s redistricting maps as we move to district elections in 2022. The City will be divided into four districts based on population and Census results. The City will be doing outreach to the community on this after Census results have been returned. The Census only happens once every ten years, please take the time to complete it so each and every one of you can be accurately represented, locally and nationally.

The City is happy to provide anyone assistance with the Census who needs it. Please contact PIO@cityofgoleta.org.


In March of 2020 each household will receive one letter in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions on how to complete the Census online. The City will be providing access to computers for people to fill out the Census - stay tuned for more details. The mailed letter will also have instructions on how to access a paper copy of the Census. Reminders from the U.S. Census Bureau will be sent in the mail throughout March and April encouraging people to respond online if they have not done so. Those that have not responded by the end of April will have a Census worker follow up in person at their home. Please see the timeline below and click here for more information on responding to the Census.

  • March 12 - 20: Invitations to the 2020 Census will be mailed
  • March 16 - 24: Reminder letters mailed
  • March 26 - April 3: Reminder postcards mailed
  • April 1: CENSUS DAY!
  • April 8 - 16: Second reminder and hard copy Census will be mailed
  • April 20-27: Final postcards mailed before an in-person follow-up

Helpful Links & Resources

Work for the Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking to hire temporary workers across the country. The selection process for census taker positions begins in January 2020, with paid training occurring in March and April. Actual enumeration of non-responding households throughout the nation begins in May through early July. Click here to learn more.

As you know, Goleta is a special place and we need your help to Make Goleta Count. Let’s work together to get 100% participation.