U.S. Census 2020 – Be Counted!

AZEdNews Census 2020 Infographic


Being counted is being heard.
Being counted is ensuring proper resourcing for your community.
Being counted accurately is directly related to justice. 

The US Census started being mailed to homes this week!and we want to help our congregations prepare for this important count.

Take a moment to read through these talking points and share them with your community to dispel rumors and get folks counted!

What’s the big deal?

2020 Census data will be used for the next 10 years to determine political districting and funding for over 120 important public programs, such as housing, healthcare, and education. Incomplete counts can result in inadequate funding and political representation.

Are there folk who do not participate in the Census?

Yes! And being undercounted is a huge problem. Transgender and queer people, LGB people, people of color, immigrants, people who are housing insecure, people living in rural areas, people with low incomes, renters, single- parent households, people with limited English proficiency, and young children are overwhelmingly undercounted in the Census. The US Census Bureau estimates that 16 million people were not counted or possibly incorrectly counted in the 2010 Census – generally people who experience multiple forms of oppressions.

Is my information safe? Will non-citizens be deported?

Census data is confidential, protected for 72 years, and cannot be shared with immigration agencies, law enforcement, or landlords. Also, while the federal administration tried to get a citizenship question in the Census, this measure DID NOT pass, no one will be asked of their citizenship on the 2020 Census.

How are LGBTQ people counted?

Unfortunately, the 2020 Census will not accurately count LGBTQ people, though there was a campaign to include more questions about gender and orientation. We are saddened to see that the question regarding sex provides only two options: “male” and “female.” We know these limited options do not account for the genders of many individuals. Together let’s commit to campaign for change on the 2030 Census. If you do not respond to this question, it is possible that someone from the Census Bureau will call or knock on your door to ask follow up questions.

It’s not all bad news though! There is a question asking how person 1 is related to other persons in the household and there are ways to make if your relationship is married to one of the same-sex or is an unmarried same-sex partner! This is a great step in a positive direction in the fight for LGBTQ+ visibility. When you get to that question, slow down, and be counted correctly! Queer the census!

Be aware of scams and Census opportunists!

The Census will only ask the questions that are listed here. If someone is asking you more, then they do not represent the US Census Bureau!

The 2020 census will NOT ask for the following:
Social Security Number or Alien Identification Number
Bank or credit card information
Citizenship status

If something does not feel right, call your local branch of the Census Bureau https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/surveyhelp/contact.html

How and When Do I Fill Out the Census:

March 12–20
Your household will receive a letter from the Census Bureau with a unique
Identification number that is tied to your home address. Then, follow the directions to fill out the Census online!

March 16–24
You will receive a reminder letter.

March 26–April 3
If you haven’t responded yet, you’ll receive a reminder postcard.

April 8–16
If you haven’t responded yet, you’ll receive a reminder letter and
paper questionnaire.

April 20–27
If you haven’t responded yet, you’ll receive a final reminder postcard
before a Census-taker visits your home.

If you have not responded yet by mid-May, a Census-taker will visit your home to get your response in-person.

Commit to be counted!

Please encourage your congregations to fill out the 2020 Census. Here are some resources to help you do that:

Access multilingual videos and palm cards that can be printed and put in bulletins. Check-out state-specific resources about Census information put together by the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Will you share this information with your friends, community, & congregation?

Yes, count me in!
No, I don’t live in the U.S.

We are grateful for the National LGBTQ Task Force, Lawyers for Civil Rights, and the US Census Bureau for the information and resources shared in this email!