City Government, Community

First major operation of 2020 Census has begun with address-verification effort

September 17, 2019

The first major operation of the 2020 Census is under way in Hayward and across the country as U.S. Census Bureau employees are walking neighborhoods to check the accuracy of addresses in the Census Bureau’s address list.  This address canvass will continue through mid-October.
For identification purposes, the Census Bureau employees will have badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau.  They will knock on doors and ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the Census.
Once every 10 years, the United States is mandated by the Constitution to count every resident.  The data collected determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  It also guides each year the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds locally.
The actual 2020 Census count of residents will take place between March and July 2020.  For more information on the address-canvass operation, visit the Census Bureau website at Or check out this Census Bureau video.
For more general information on Census 2020 in Alameda County, visit the county’s website at