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Take the
2020 Census!















Yes! you count!

What is the Census?

The Census is a count of everyone in the United States that happens every 10 years. And we mean EVERYONE.

Benefits of taking the 2020 Census

The Census count is like a very, very big photograph of everyone in the United States. It’s important for that photograph to include everyone who calls the United States “home,” because it is used to make really important decisions.

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Census FAQs

What is the Census?

The Census is a count of everyone in the United States that happens every 10 years. And we mean EVERYONE.

Why is it important? Why should I participate?

Because a ton of really important decisions are made based on the final census count. And a lot of money (think: BILLIONS of dollars) is given out based on census results.

The information impacts things like highway planning, education funding, and food access – all the things our communities need! It also impacts political representation. Congressional and state district boundaries are created based on census data. The Census also determines how many seats each state gets in the House of Representatives. 

And if nothing else, you should participate in the Census to STAND with your community and defeat efforts to keep our communities out of the count. They’ve been trying really, really hard to put barriers in place so that our communities don’t participate. Let them know our home is here. Being counted is a great and easy way to resist a racist, violent agenda.

When should I fill out the Census?

Census surveys are going by mail starting March 12th, 2020 and you have till August 14, 2020 to respond. You'll have some time, so no excuses - make sure to fill it out.

How do I participate in the Census?

You will receive a notice in the mail to complete the Census by April 1, 2020. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Seriously, they make it SO easy. You could even fill it out on your phone.

I live in a shared immigrant household, how do we fill out the Census?

Everyone who is living in the household as of April 1, 2020 should be counted. That means anyone who is living and sleeping in the house most of the time. Even if someone is crashing and has no usual home anywhere else, they should be counted when you fill out the Census.

Will the Census include any questions about citizenship?

No. No. No. NO. There will NOT be a question about citizenship or legal status in the Census. Undocumented people CAN and SHOULD participate in the Census.

What information does the Census ask for?

The Census includes some basic questions about you, the people you live with, and your home. “Do you own or rent?” “How many people live in your home?” “What are the ages and genders of the people in the home?”

The Census will never ask you for: 

  • Immigration status
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Bank or credit card account numbers or information
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
Will my information be kept confidential?

YES! 100%. Every response you provide is protected and cannot be shared. Law enforcement agencies (DHS, ICE, FBI, CIA) cannot access or use your personal information. 

Anyone who says otherwise is misinformed, or trying to scare you into not participating. 

Did someone you know share that the information will be shared? Help us fight back against lies and rumors. Share the facts!

I’m a student living away from home, how do I participate?

Students are to complete the census where they are living on April 1, 2020. If you are living away from home, you should count yourself separately.

What happens if I don’t fill out the Census by the end of April?

And if you forget, the U.S. Census Bureau follows-up in person with households that haven’t responded in May.

Can I volunteer to help?

YES! There are several ways you can make sure your community is counted. Sign up above.