County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

2010 Census Outreach

The 2010 Census is over! The US Census is a count of everyone living in the United States every 10 years and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The first data released from the 2010 Census are the official national and state population count, which are used to apportion seats in the US House of Representatives. As mandated by the US Constitution, this data must be delivered to the President of the United States by the US Census Bureau on or before December 31, 2010.

It's important. Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year for the next 10 years!

It's easy. The 2010 Census asked just 10 questions, taking less than 10 minutes to complete. We appreciate the efforts and responses of residents to ensure that Santa Barbara County has a complete Census count.

It's confidential. Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census. Census data is strictly confidential--not even the President of the United States can access individual responses!

It's required by law. A decennial census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, and participation in the census is required. It's quick and easy, though, and it's an easy way to help make a difference in our community!


SBCTV Census Special on YouTube (English / Spanish)





Questions? Need more information?

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