The 2020 Census is underway. A once-per-decade population survey, the 2020 Census will be used to determine how many Congressional seats are given to each state and redraw Congressional and state legislative districts. Census data will also be used to allocate the next 10 years of funding for critical public services like schools, hospitals, emergency preparedness, and much more.
While the US Census Bureau has adapted its operations in response to COVID-19, communities will still play an important role in ensuring a safe and accurate 2020 count. Community involvement is particularly important to reaching historically undercounted populations—people of color, those living in poverty or experiencing homelessness, those living on reservations, and/or those with limited English proficiency.
This Take Action Tuesday, take action on the 2020 Census, and ensure that your community is counted.
- Complete Your Census. Before assisting others, make sure that you have completed your own census survey. All households were mailed census surveys in mid-March, but you can also fill out the census online (recommended) or by phone.
- Get Informed. Find the answers to commonly asked questions here. Then, become a resource for others in your community—particularly for those who are living somewhere temporarily due to COVID-19.
- Spread The Word. Become a 2020 Census partner, and receive materials to support a safe and accurate count in your community. Or, check out the Census Bureau’s outreach materials, and start spreading the word today!