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Article posted: March 5, 2020

Topanga loves its woodsy, bohemian, creative and independent lifestyle.  It treasures the natural beauty, the do-it-ourselves community spirit, and appreciates a deep sense of privacy.  But that privacy can come at a cost.  Topanga has been designated a "hard to count" area when it comes to the census count.  

Educated and for the most part prosperous, Topanga might seem a surprising choice for the designation.  But those who know the Topanga region well say that just getting the word out in this diffuse, rural community can be difficult, especially among the elderly.  And, of course, landlords might not be eager to disclose on a census form the existence of any extra residents on their properties.

Perhaps the biggest challenge is overcoming the hardy strain of canyon skeptism about handling over personal data to Uncle Sam in the first place. Some are concerned that individual household data might find its way to tax agencies, or be subject to "data mining" in the private sector or even identity theft.  So with privacy concerns on a collision course with the need to get a good count to ensure a host of civic benefits, it's important you know the facts and how a current census count can help Los Angeles County and Topanga.

Every 10 years since 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes the constitutionally mandated count of all the people residing in the United States, which is America’s largest peacetime operation. The Census affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources, including roads, hospitals and schools, it affects how we plan for the future, and it ensures that communities are represented in the U.S. House of Representatives.

For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online as part of the 2020 Census. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail or by phone. From March 12 to 20, nearly every household will receive an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census. (Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.)  Reminders and paper questionnaires will be sent to those who don’t respond online, and the Census will follow up in-person with those households that do not respond to reminders.

Look for information in your mailbox soon.

To read about how the Census Bureau protects your data, click here.

For more info on the census in Los Angeles County, click here.

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