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2020 Census

The decennial census plays an essential role in American democracy. The COVID-19 pandemic complicated the 2020 Census and its aftermath. PPIC provides insights into the 2020 count and its implications for elections, political representation, and federal funding in California.

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Blog Post · September 22, 2021

Changes Are Coming to California’s Political Districts

Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch, Vicki Hsieh

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Blog Post · August 17, 2021

New Census Data Sheds Light on California’s Changes

Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch, Vicki Hsieh

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Blog Post · May 7, 2021

Video: Californians and Education

Vicki Hsieh

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Blog Post · May 6, 2021

Who’s Leaving California—and Who’s Moving In?

Hans Johnson

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Blog Post · April 26, 2021

California’s Stalled Population Growth

Eric McGhee, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Hans Johnson

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Blog Post · April 14, 2021

Video: A Conversation with Secretary of State Shirley Weber

Mary Severance

Fact Sheet · March 2021

California’s Population

Hans Johnson, Eric McGhee, Marisol Cuellar Mejia

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Blog Post · March 3, 2021

Census Delays Complicate California’s Election Process

Eric McGhee

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Blog Post · September 30, 2020

California’s Census Response Is Strong, but Concerns Remain

Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch

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Blog Post · August 12, 2020

Video: A Conversation with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

Mary Severance

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Blog Post · August 11, 2020

Shorter Timeline Threatens Census Count

Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch

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Blog Post · June 11, 2020

Census Responses Lagging during COVID-19

Sarah Bohn, Courtney Lee, Eric McGhee, Jennifer Paluch ...

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Blog Post · June 10, 2020

Video: A Conversation with Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Mary Severance

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Blog Post · April 1, 2020

Counting Californians and Holding Elections in a Pandemic

Lori Pottinger

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Blog Post · March 24, 2020

COVID-19 and California’s Census Count

Eric McGhee

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Report · March 2020

Counting California: Challenges for the 2020 Census

Sarah Bohn, Eric McGhee, Lynette Ubois

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Blog Post · March 10, 2020

California’s Population Slowdown

Eric McGhee, Hans Johnson

February 21, 2020

Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

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Blog Post · February 12, 2020

Video: Countdown to Census 2020

Stephanie Barton

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Report · January 2020

California’s Future: Population

Hans Johnson, Marisol Cuellar Mejia

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Blog Post · November 20, 2019

Video: Counting the Central Valley

Mary Severance

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Blog Post · August 6, 2019

Video: Californians and the Environment

Mary Severance

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Blog Post · July 24, 2019

Motivating Californians to Fill Out the 2020 Census

Joseph Hayes

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Blog Post · June 27, 2019

Interview: Citizenship and the 2020 Census

Vicki Hsieh, Eric McGhee

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Blog Post · June 19, 2019

Video: Mobilizing the Inland Empire for the Census—and for the Future

Mary Severance

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Blog Post · June 14, 2019

Video: Californians and Their Government

Mary Severance

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Blog Post · June 12, 2019

California 2020: Census and Elections Are Important to Californians

Alyssa Dykman, Lynette Ubois

Blog Post · June 10, 2019

The Citizen’s Redistricting Commission: Open for Business

Eric McGhee

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Blog Post · June 5, 2019

2020 Census: Counting California’s Homeless Population

Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh

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Statewide Survey · May 2019

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Alyssa Dykman

Blog Post · May 21, 2019

California’s Digital Divide and the 2020 Census

Justin Goss

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Blog Post · April 10, 2019

2020 Census: Will All of California’s Children Be Counted?

Sarah Bohn, Vicki Hsieh

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Blog Post · April 1, 2019

Video: Preparing California for Census 2020

Mary Severance

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Fact Sheet · March 2019

Californians and the 2020 Census

Sarah Bohn, Joseph Hayes, Tess Thorman

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Fact Sheet · March 2019

2020 Census: The Political Impact on California

Joseph Hayes

Blog Post · January 14, 2019

2020 Census: Counting Imperial County

Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh, Sarah Bohn

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Blog Post · January 9, 2019

2020 Census: Counting Orange and San Diego Counties

Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh, Sarah Bohn

Blog Post · December 6, 2018

2020 Census: Counting California’s Northern and Sierra Regions

Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh, Sarah Bohn

Blog Post · November 28, 2018

2020 Census: Counting the Sacramento Area

Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh, Sarah Bohn

Santa Barbara coastline
Blog Post · October 31, 2018

2020 Census: Counting the Central Coast

Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh, Sarah Bohn

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video · October 23, 2018

2020 Census: ¿Por qué es tan importante el censo?

Joseph Hayes

photo - People Crossing 5th Street in San Franciso
Blog Post · October 17, 2018

The 2020 Census and Political Representation in California

Mary Severance

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Report · October 2018

The 2020 Census and Political Representation in California

Eric McGhee, Sarah Bohn, Tess Thorman

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Blog Post · October 3, 2018

2020 Census: Counting Los Angeles County

Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh, Sarah Bohn

Blog Post · September 26, 2018

2020 Census: Counting the Bay Area

Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh, Sarah Bohn

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Fact Sheet · September 2018

Census-Related Funding in California

Patrick Murphy, Caroline Danielson

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Blog Post · September 19, 2018

Could Wildfires Affect the 2020 Census?

Sarah Bohn, Tess Thorman

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Blog Post · September 5, 2018

2020 Census: Counting the Inland Empire

Tess Thorman, Vicki Hsieh, Sarah Bohn

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Blog Post · August 30, 2018

2020 Census: Counting the San Joaquin Valley

Tess Thorman, Sarah Bohn, Vicki Hsieh

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video · August 7, 2018

2020 Census: Why Is the Citizenship Question Such a Big Deal?

Eric McGhee