The US Census has completed the response period as of Thursday, October 15
Census data results are expected by April 1, 2021, although due to the pandemic, the date is subject to change. Stay tuned for more information
Protect federal funding and Congressional representation in Ventura County by encouraging all to participate in the 2020 Census.
I count. You count. We all count.
It always seems impossible, until it's done.
— Nelson Mandela
Dear Ventura County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee,
I just love this quote by Nelson Mandela and think it pretty much sums up these past two years of our 2020 Census Complete Count efforts, lol!
Seriously, what we’ve accomplished together is just amazing! Because of you, Ventura County has gone from being 59th out of more than 3,400 communities at-risk of an undercount, to being in the top 95th percentile in the nation for an accurate count. This is historic! And the impact will be felt for generations.
We are working on coordinating a meaningful virtual celebration and would love your ideas! We will send more details in the very near future.
In the meantime, we wanted to send a quick summary of the self-response rates as of 10/15/2020 for Ventura County:
- U.S. – 66.9%
- CA – 69.6%
- Ventura County – 76.7%
- Moorpark – 83.5% (ranked 19th in the State of CA!)
- Camarillo – 83.3%
- Thousand Oaks – 82.2%
- Simi Valley – 82.2%
- San Buenaventura – 75.6%
- Santa Paula – 75.2%
- Ojai – 73.6%
- Fillmore – 72.6%
- Oxnard – 69.9%
- Port Hueneme – 68.9%
Please take a moment with me to pause and just imagine the difference that you have made. I’m so proud of each of you and can’t wait to see what we tackle next! Broadband equity for all? High quality preschool for all? Climate change? No matter what, I can’t imagine anyone I’d rather have by my side than each of you.
In celebration and heartfelt gratitude,
President and CEO
Ventura County Community Foundation
The U.S. census, mandated by the U.S. Constitution since 1790, attempts to count every person living in the United States. Every 10 years, the Census Bureau gathers information like gender, age, race, and income, and the results not only determine government representation and access to justice, but also access to federal, state, and local funding.
Literally, millions and millions of dollars are at stake for the programs that help to mend the gaps in our society and allow all to live in dignity. An accurate Census is vital for funding of rural business and industry development; loans; job training and other employment programs; healthcare for infants and children; childcare for low-income and working families; water and waste disposal systems; policing agencies and community-based entities working to reduce crime; monitoring and enforcing discrimination laws under the Civil Rights Act; local agencies for food, healthcare; and legal services for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.
The 2020 Census is at risk of significant undercount. Due to a wide variety of factors such as lack of funding, infrastructure challenges, technology barriers in hard-to-count populations, societal pressures, misinformation campaigns and a transition to census counts being conducted online are just a few of the obstacles to an accurate count in 2020.
Each person uncounted equals a loss of approximately $2,000 per year for ten years in social safety-net benefits. An undercount in Ventura County, and communities across the state and nation, could mean a loss of billions of dollars over the next decade in critical social service funding.
Ventura County is a wonderful and diverse community that has been identified as #59 in the nation for hardest-to-count counties! Join our efforts to ensure we have a complete and accurate count in 2020.