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What is the 2020 Census?

  • The first census was in 1790 and is mandated by our Constitution. 

  • Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution requires that every person living in the United States be counted once and in the right place.

  • Everyone, regardless of citizenship, should be counted. .

  • The 2020 Census will direct nearly $1.5 trillion annually to states and counties through more than 300 federal programs. 

  • The data collected is highly protected for privacy by our Constitution. 

  • The census is the largest peacetime function of our government.

  • Our very democracy is dependent on an accurate, fair and complete count.

  • The 2020 Census will reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state receives in Congress. 

  • State officials will redraw boundaries– from political districts to school zones based on census results.

  • The census will be conducted largely online for the first time ever this year

What challenges are we facing?

  • The census efforts are currently underfunded and understaffed. 

  • The administration has opted to shutter 39,000 Questionnaire Assistance Centers that were
    invaluable to the 2010 Census.

  • For the first time, the Census will be conducted primarily online which may make it more difficult to complete for people with limited or no access to the Internet. 

Black Men & The Census:

  • The 2020 Census will direct billions of federal funding to the states and guide reapportionment and redistricting for the next decade.

  • In the 2010 Census, the Black population had the highest net undercount rate of any racial or ethnic group, and Black men typically experience high undercount rates in the census.

  • Roughly 1.6 million Black men live in Georgia.

  • Research indicates that roughly 67,000 Black men in Georgia are at risk of not being counted in the state, costing their communities more than $154 million each year for the next 10 years.

Hard to Count Populations:

  • Young children

  • Highly mobile persons

  • Racial & ethnic minorities

  • Non-English speakers

  • Low income persons

  • Persons experiencing homelessness

  • Undocumented persons

  • Persons who distrust the government

  • LGBTQ persons

  • Persons with mental or physical disabilities

  • Persons who don’t live in traditional housing

‚ÄčThe Census Bureau refers to certain groups and populations who are habitually undercounted or missed by the government as Hard to Count. Populations that have been historically undercounted include: