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April 1 is Census Day, but efforts to reach every resident of the United States for the once-a-decade count are well underway.

California is spending $187.2 million on its outreach efforts, focusing on communities where people are harder to count, and that includes parts of Tulare County. About 75% of California residents are in those hard-to-count groups, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

Here’s what you need to know about completing the 2020 Census.

What questions are on the census? The 2020 Census will ask basic demographic questions about you and the people you live with as of April 1, 2020. Questions include name, sex, age, date of birth, whether you are of Hispanic origin, race and your relationship to the person filling out the form. The person filling out the questionnaire will have a few additional questions, such as telephone number and whether the home is owned or rented. A sample form can be found here.

How do I complete a questionnaire? The U.S. Census Bureau will begin sending out official information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail starting in March. Census workers called “enumerators”  will go to senior centers, college campuses and other places housing large groups of people in-person in April. From May to July, enumerators will follow-up in-person with those who haven’t responded.

The online form will be available in 12 languages besides English. Mailings, paper questionnaires and information from enumerators will be available in Spanish and English.

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