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Census 101

Every 10 years, the United States conducts a “Decennial Census.” The goal of the census is to count every person who lives in the country where they live.

Race and Ethnicity in the 2020 Census: Improving Data to Capture a Multiethnic America

For more than 150 years, civic leaders used [census] information to advance discriminatory policies and maintain positions of privilege and power for the majority White population, even in the face of constitutional amendments abolishing slavery, establishing equal protection under the law, and guaranteeing voting rights for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, and national origin.

Counting For Dollars: Why It Matters

The census is the basis for equal political representation under the Constitution. Policymakers use census data to identify community needs and to distribute federal program dollars to states and localities based on population numbers or other community characteristics that the census and related American Community Survey measure.

Census Health Care Factsheet

Health care providers, health insurance companies, government agencies, and beneficiaries need accurate information to make decisions regarding the products and services they provide and utilize. An inaccurate measure of the U.S. population and its characteristics could deprive the health care sector of vital resources needed to ensure it is meeting each community’s needs.

The Census and Civil Rights

Communities of color, urban and rural low-income households, immigrants, and young children are all at risk of being missed at disproportionately high rates. Being undercounted deprives already vulnerable communities of fair representation and vital community resources.

#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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Doing census outreach? Visit our COVID-19 page for organizing resources, updates from the Census Bureau, and guidance on how to adjust your census outreach to keep yourself and your community safe.