Census 2020


LETS COUNT! The General Information about Census 2020

Everybody Counts! Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When the 2020 Census rolls around next year, Los Angeles County will be ready as never before to stand up and be counted. Thanks to our unprecedented partnership with the state, cities and community-based organizations, we are committed to making sure all County residents in every neighborhood and of every background have the assistance and encouragement they need to fill out their surveys. So much is depending on it-not just political representation, but billions of dollars in federal funding for programs residents here depend on for food, education, housing and health care.

Students can play a crucial role in making sure the communities they live in are properly represented by “getting out the count” and, most importantly, being a liaison for what are known as “hard to count” or “traditionally undercounted” communities. Like the electoral process, those experiencing homelessness, non-English speakers, LGBTQIA+, racial minorities and many more are often not fully engaged in the process-which can set up a vicious cycle of exclusion for another decade.

YOU can help! NOW is the time to get informed, educated and motivated! For more information and to get involved, email asisecofexternal@cpp.edu

Who, What, Where, Why, and How? 10 Quick Facts to Know About the 2020 Census

1. What is the Census?
The Census does not take place merely to get an accurate count of the United States population. Through this data gathered, the U.S. Census Bureau utilizes these results in order for there to be a proper amount of seats for each state in the House of Representatives and to redistrict congressional and state legislative districts.

2. Why is it important to get involved in the Census?
Through determining the seats in the House of Representatives and congressional and state district boundaries, this becomes decisive for the funding of $675 billion dollars towards state and local governments. This distribution is impactful for every community because such funding has an impact on health care programs, mental health services, hospitals, fire departments, schools, and so on.

3. How does Covid-19 affect the 2020 Census?
Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census 2020 official website has updated it’s page accordingly in order to address such concerns. With that being said, it is emphasized that “it has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.” Covid-19 makes it especially apparent to participate in the Census in order to ensure that every has the funding necessary to withstand this pandemic.

4. How can I ensure that my information remains confidential when participating in the Census?
The U.S. Census Bureau is prohibited from sharing information filled with agencies such as law enforcement. Such personal information is to be kept confidential under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.

5. Can undocumented residents participate in the Census?
Yes, the U.S. Census Bureau strives to get an accurate count not only from native born residents, but from foreign born residents as well. This includes naturalized U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents (immigrants), temporary migrants (such as foreign students), humanitarian migrants (such as refugees and asylees), and unauthorized migrants. Furthermore, undocumented residents can participate in the Census.

6. Where can I count myself in the 2020 Census?
For the first time, in addition to being able to participate in the Census by phone or by mail, the 2020 Census will be available online as well. Given this addition, an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census will be mailed to households with the information and directions necessary to complete the Census online.

7. Who can work for the Census?
You can still apply to work for the census. By working for the census, you will not only be given the opportunity to serve your community and partake in a historical movement, but attain flexible hours that work around one’s schedule. Citizens and non-citizens “who are legally entitled to work in the U.S.”

Please note that due to COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations and finger printing operations for new hires until further notice. The Bureau continues to The U.S. Census Bureau continues to accept applications for temporary part-time positions with the 2020 Census. You can follow updates on the 2020 Census jobs page.

8. How will college students be counted in the 2020 Census?
The Census counts college students according to their place of living for the majority of the year. For example, should a students’ on or off-campus college housing be where they reside in for majority of the year, that is the community that they will be counted in. If you lived off-campus and were planning to continue living off-campus prior to COVID-19, please follow this guidance provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Students who currently live on-campus or lived on-campus but returned home due to COVID-19, will be counted by the university. Please look out for a communication from the university in April/early May to opt-in to the university’s census count.

9. How does the census aid college students?
Should college students continue to be undercounted in the upcoming Census, this will effect college towns by further putting them at a disadvantage in regards to representation and funding for the next ten years. This is especially the case as federal programs relating to higher education, such as Pell Grants and student wellness programs, are dependent on the Census count.

10. What are ways to engage my campus to participate in the Census?
ASI encourages you to share this information through various means such as social media to on-campus clubs and organizations as well as the campus community as a whole.