California Neighborhoods Count

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California Neighborhoods Count is a survey sponsored by the State of California. Starting in the spring of 2020, the survey will reach 20,000 households in 174 neighborhoods across the state, and will measure the success of California’s unprecedented efforts to encourage participation in the 2020 U.S. Census. The survey will be undertaken by the RAND Corporation with support from UCLA’s California Center for Population Research.

As part of the survey, RAND will collect information about the sociodemographic characteristics of residents, living arrangements within households, and quality of life in the neighborhood. Along with data collected from the 2020 Census, data from the California Neighborhoods Count will be used by the state to determine resource funding decisions and planning—including decisions on healthcare, housing, schools, senior centers, public safety, and roads—all across the state. Learn more about the survey.

Meet Our Survey Team

Our team of professional interviewers will be visiting homes, apartments, and other dwellings to administer the California Neighborhoods Count survey starting May 2020.

Project Leaders

  • Robert Bozick

    Robert Bozick

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Bozick is a senior demographer at the RAND Corporation.

  • Beverly Weidmer

    Beverly Weidmer

    Co-Principal Investigator

    Ms. Weidmer is a senior survey director in the Survey Research Group at the RAND Corporation.

  • Jennie Brand

    Jennie Brand

    Co-Principal Investigator

    Dr. Brand is a professor of sociology and statistics at UCLA and is the director of UCLA’s California Center for Population Research.

  • Walter Schwarm

    Project Officer

    Dr. Schwarm is the chief demographer, and oversees population estimates, projections, and census affiliate work at the California Department of Finance.