The census is required by the U.S. Constitution once every ten years to make sure that political power is fairly allocated among the states—and within states at the local level.

Some communities have historically been classified as harder to count fully—including people with lower incomes and people of color —and the Census Counts campaign mobilizes community leaders to do everything they can to prevent people from being missed by the census.

If states and communities are not fully counted, that could cost them a lot of political influence and power as well as money and other resources. Your state could lose a member of Congress, or your city could give up representation in the state legislature to a community that was fully counted. Giving up political power could mean losing out on access to all kinds of resources—without a chance to fix the problem for 10 years.

The Census Count campaign has opposed the last-minute addition of an untested question about citizenship, because the Census Bureau’s own experts believe that it could discourage hundreds of thousands of families from completing their questionnaire.

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Use these hard-to-count tables to find tracts that have been historically undercounted.


Hard-to-Count State, City, and Congressional District Tables for Latinos
Hard-to-Count State, City, and Congressional District Tables for Children under Age 5
Hard-to-Count State, City, and Congressional District Tables for Asian Americans and NHPIs
Hard-to-Count State, City, and Congressional District Tables for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Hard-to-Count State, City, and Congressional District Tables for African Americans

#CountMeIn

Communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. This is the time to get involved. The Census counts. So do you.

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NEW Stories for Change Videos!

Tymber Hudson: Let’s help LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care Thrive
In Partnership with: National LGBTQ Task Force

Patricia Bedoya: We Can Defend Immigrant and Labor Rights By Being Counted
In Partnership with: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

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Stories for Change features storytellers and 2020 Census advocates whose lived experiences show the deep connections between census participation and a wide spectrum of advocacy, including racial justice, immigration, disability, labor, and faith.

This expanding and downloadable series of videos, quote graphics, and infographics is designed to be ready-made content usable for digital organizing including, social media, textbanking, paid media, and email.

 

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