What is the 2020 Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail—between March 12-20. Take the Census online now: https://my2020census.gov/
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. It impacts school lunches, plans for highways, and support for people in need.
Whats At Stake?
Every person counted — or not counted — in a community impacts ten years of federal funds, political representation, public infrastructure and private investment.
Census data is used to determine allocation of critical funding that nonprofits and those you serve and engage rely on, including:
- Community Development Block Grants
- Head Start
- Title I Education funds and grants for special and vocational education
- Medicaid and maternal and child health programs
- Transit programs
- Public housing assistance
Census numbers are used to determine political boundaries, including:
- 435 Congressional Districts
- 1,971 State Senate districts
- 5,411 State House districts
- Districts for City Councils, School Committees, County Boards
Governments use census numbers to locate vital public works such as:
- Health Centers
- Public Transportation and Highways
- Affordable Housing
- Businesses large and small use census numbers to:
- Identify new markets
- Select sites for operations
- Make investment decisions
- Determine the goods and services offered
The 2020 Census and Confidentiality:
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
Important Dates: https://2020census.gov/en/important-dates.html
Who to Count: https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html
Household Living Conditions: Who Counts Where? (Eng): Attached pdf toolkit – pages 9 and 10
Household Living Conditions: Who Counts Where? (Spanish): Attached pdf toolkit – pages 11 and 12
In view of the current health crisis, now more than ever it is important to complete your 2020 Census online.
Take the Census online now: https://my2020census.gov/
How to fill out the 2020Census online: https://youtu.be/fXg1_1HHKzA
Guide to the Census and Filling It Out Online (Spanish): https://www.census.gov/library/video/2020/espanol-guia-en-video-para-completar-el-censo-del-2020-por-internet.html
Guide to the Census and Filling It out online (Arabic): https://www.census.gov/library/video/2020/arabic-2020-census-video-guide.html
Guide to the Census and Filling It out online (Haitian Creole): https://www.census.gov/library/video/2020/haitian-creole-2020-census-video-guide.html
How to fill out the 2020 Census Paper Questionnaire: pdf attached.
Language Support: https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html
To help you answer the census, the U.S. Census Bureau provides translated web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in braille and large print.
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