2020 Census

2020 Census participation just above 54% in Indio


City staff and US Census enumerators are now going neighborhood to neighborhood in Indio to fight an undercount, ensuring our diverse community is not deprived of representation or hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.   From a car caravan through the City, to new signs and postcards mailed to homes, the City of Indio is working hard to encourage and educate residents about participating in the 2020 Census, which now has a self response deadline of 11:59 p.m. on October 15, 2020.

Mobile Questionnaire Assistance sites have now been extended in Indio, allowing convenient locations for English and Spanish speaking representatives from the U.S. Census to answer questions and help people fill out and submit the Census form.   Those who fill out the Census at a City sponsored MQA will receive one free box of face masks and a $10 Stater Brother gift card while supplies last.



Wednesday, Oct. 14


5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 46350 Arabia St. (Indio Swap Meet)
 Thursday, Oct. 15 12:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.  81673 Hwy 111 (Next to El Super)



As of Oct. 15, 2020 only 54.5% of Indio households completed their census forms, with participation just above 25 percent in some areas of the City. Although this rate is improved month over month, the City of Indio still has one of the lowest participation rates in the Coachella Valley, and is more than 15 percent lower than the California average.

Participation rates as of October 15, 2020 (updated on Thursdays)



Indio’s complete count ensures accurate census data that is critical for our City’s programs. A complete count will ultimately translate into resources, representation, and economic development such as new roads, housing, schools, and medical opportunities. In fact, every person who fills out the Census form in Indio means an additional $2,000 in federal funds provided to Indio to build and maintain roads, provide programs for our area's youth and seniors, among other important and vital projects. That translates to $20,000 per person in funding for the next 10 years!

COVID-19 is one of several challenges facing Census 2020, but this kind of emergency highlights exactly why the government needs accurate census data. The census shapes decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds will flow into our community for the next ten years.

Respond to the Census in English or in Spanish.

Have questions about the Census?  For example, why is the government asking certain questions?  Read more here in English or in Spanish.

How can you identify a Census taker?

All Census Bureau employees will present an official ID badge. It will include:

  • Their name
  • Their photograph
  • A Department of Commerce watermark
  • An expiration date 

Participation rates as of October 15, 2020 (updated on Thursdays)