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Why is the Census Important?

Every year, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. A complete and accurate census count is essential for Hawaiian Gardens and the well-being of our community.

The census affects:

  • Your voice in government. The census is used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
  • The amount of funding California, Orange County and the City of Hawaiian Gardens receives.

    • Each person counted earns the City approximately $2,000 per year. That means your count is worth $20,000 over 10 years! Children under 5 count, too!
  • How the City of Hawaiian Gardens plans for the future.

The census also provides job opportunities to City residents! There are many temporary positions available, such as census taker, recruiting assistants, office staff, and more. You can apply online at the U.S. Census website.

Will my information be kept confidential? 

  • Yes. Under the law, Census data can only be used for statistical purposes. Title 13 of the U.S. Code requires respondent’s information to be kept confidential, and guarantees personal information will not be used against respondents in court or by a government agency.
  • Census Bureau staff who have access to personal information are sworn for life to protect confidentiality, and are subject to a $250,000 fine and/or up to five years in federal prison for wrongful disclosure of information.

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