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Census 2020

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The United States Constitution (Article I, Section 2) requires an actual count of all persons in the United States based on where they  live or sleep most of the time.  The process is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every 10 years and is responsible for the allocation of resources and redistricting.

Census Day on April 1 was not a deadline – you can fill out your Census form before or after that date. Respond online at, call the Census Bureau at 844-330-2020, or mail back the paper Census questionnaire you may have received in the mail. But do it as soon as possible. Encourage your family, friends, and everyone else you know to do the same!

The U.S. Census Bureau is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 to ensure that everyone is counted while protecting the health and safety of the public and staff. To learn more, click here.

Are you a college student? Download a Counting College Students fact sheet, click here.

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2020 Census Citizenship Question

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, along with co-counsel Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, filed a lawsuit on April 17, 2018, that challenged this late addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

Read more about the lawsuit here.



Census and COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Other Resources

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is hosting four webinars to help increase the count in these historically undercounted communities: Black Children, Black Men and Boys, Black Immigrants, and Formerly Incarcerated People.

March 23, 2020: Counting Black Children in the 2020 Census 

Nearly 1 million children (4.6% of children under the age five) were not counted in the 2010 Census. The undercount rates for black children is more than twice as high as the estimate for non-black children, thereby adversely affecting needed resources for families, neighborhoods, and overall communities. In an effort to reduce this underrepresentation of black children, join us for our webinar, Counting Black Children in the 2020 Census, as we discuss this issue, share resources, and provide effective strategies used throughout the country to ensure a complete and accurate count.

March 30, 2020: Counting Black Men & Young Black Males in the 2020 Census 
Estimates indicate that somewhere between 1.1 million and 1.7 million black residents will be missed in the 2020 Census. The undercount of black men and young black males is particularly acute, given the number of black men and young males omitted (missed) from the count in relation to this undercount. This undercount presents serious ramifications for needed funds in communities as well as for informing policy decisions. Join us for our webinar, Counting Black Men and Young Black Males in the 2020 Census, as we discuss issues affecting an accurate count, share resources, and provide examples of what organizations are doing to get-out-the-count of black males and young black men.

April 2, 2020: Counting Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in the 2020 Census 

With Jeri Green, National Urban League; Monica McInnis, OneVoice; and Bruce Reilly, Vote

Counting individuals formerly incarcerated is uniquely problematic given the issues confronting individuals impacted by the criminal justice system and returning to their communities. Join us for our webinar, Counting Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in the 2020 Census, as we discuss methods to get formerly incarcerated individuals counted, what organizations are doing to get-out-the-count, Census Bureau updates on Service-Based Enumeration & enumeration at transitory locations, and some discussion of forthcoming initiatives to dismantle prison gerrymandering.

April 6, 2020: Counting Black Immigrants in the 2020 Census 

With Nyma Gyamfi, Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

Black immigrants are the fastest growing immigrant population in the United States, yet less than 60% of this population was counted in the 2010 Census. In an effort to reduce this underrepresentation of Black immigrants, join us for our webinar, Counting Black Immigrants in the 2020 Census, as we discuss this issue, share resources, and provide effective strategies used throughout the country to ensure a complete and accurate count.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. When does the census start and end?
    • The 2020 Census has begun! Most households will have received a Census questionnaire in the mail to complete by mid-March. Additionally, you can respond now over the internet or over the phone. In May, the Census Bureau will begin following up with people who have not completed the Census. The deadline to response has been moved to August 14th.
  2. Do I have to fill out the census form?
  3. Will my answers be kept confidential?
    • Under a law known as “Title 13,” Census data can only be used for statistical purposes. No personal information can be used against a Census respondent in a Court or by a government agency.
  4. Why are we being asked to respond over the internet?
    • For the first time, this year’s Census can be taken over the internet for convenience – and it takes less time than finishing your morning coffee! That said, you can still respond over the phone or by mail if you prefer.
  5. What happens if I am temporarily living with a relative?
  6. What happens if I don’t fill out the form?
    • Census enumerators (workers) will follow up at your home to ask you to complete the survey. If you still choose to not complete the survey, you could be subject to a $100 fine.
  7. Do I have to list my children?
    • Yes, you should list your children – listing every member of your household helps ensure that your community gets its fair share of federal funding tied to the Census.
  8. Do I have to list my children in college?
    • Not if they don’t live with you. Students who stay in college housing (such as dorms) will be counted as part of “group quarters” by a group quarters administrator. Even if your child is back from college and living with you because their school has closed due to COVID-19, he or she should be counted at their college address.
  9. Will I be asked to provide my Social Security number?
  10. Must I state if I am a U.S. citizen?
    • The United States Supreme Court ruled that the citizenship question could not be added to the Census for 2020.
  11. Will the questionnaire be in my native language?
    • You can respond to the Census online or over the phone in English or in 12 additional languages (Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, Haitian-Creole, Polish, and Tagalog). Additionally, guides to filling out the census will be available in 59 languages.

The allocation of nearly $800 billion annually for federal programs and services

  • An accurate count is needed for resources like education programs, job training, transportation improvements, and a host of other needed services in our communities;
The number of representatives for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives (reapportionment), and affects how districts are drawn (redistricting)

  • An inaccurate count will result in flawed data used to draw election districts for your federal & state elected officials as well as your county commissions, city councils, and school boards.