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.