The Census and why is it important
Every 10 years, the government conducts a comprehensive count, a “census,” of the entire population of the country, including all people regardless of age, housing situation, or citizenship status.
Census data shapes the future of our communities and is the basis for determining representation and legislative districts, school zones, and voting precincts.
Census data is especially important because it determines how $800 billion in federal resources will be distributed each year including funding for essential programs like CSBG, Head Start, LiHEAP, and SNAP.
Participating in the census is a way to have your voice heard, to make a difference.
2020 Census Key Dates
- March 12 - 20
Invitations sent to respond online
- March 16 - April 3
Reminder letters and postcards sent
- April 1
- April 8-16
Reminder letters sent with paper questionnaire
- April 20-27
Final postcard sent before in-person follow-up
- May 4-July 24
Non-Response follow-up visit
3 Ways to Complete the Census
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device! You will have three options for responding:
- By Phone.
- By Mail.
Residents use the data to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores - and these businesses create jobs.
Census 2020 and Community Action
2020 Census Resources for Community Action Agencies
Community Action 2020 Census Information
Census Outreach Toolkit
Community Action 2020 Census Training
The Census Counts Campaign
National Partnership's 2020 Census Resource Library
National Partnership's Census 2020 Blog
Subscribe to Partnership Census 2020 Newsletter
50 Ways Census Data is Used (pdf)
US Census Bureau Census 2020 Website
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