2020 Census

The 2020 Census is fast approaching, and we all have a stake in a complete count. This constitutionally-mandated undertaking will shape a decade of political representation, federal funding, research, infrastructure planning, and much more. We work to make sure that everyone understands how important an inclusive and effective 2020 Census is to economic justice and political equality in the U.S.

Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural America Brief

Why the Census Matters for Rural America: Defining, Understanding, and Investing in Rural Communities

Census data help determine which areas are considered rural, help us understand the characteristics of rural residents, and are used to allocate funding for programs that serve rural America. This brief, produced in partnership with The Census Project, explores some of the ways that the 2020 Census will be important for people in rural areas.

Cara Brumfield

DEMOCRACY, 2020 CENSUS

Citizenship Question Nonresponse

Citizenship Question Nonresponse: A Demographic Profile of People Who Do Not Answer the American Community Survey Citizenship Question

This report shares an analysis of data nonresponse to the citizenship question on the American Community Survey. Nonresponse rates vary by demographic group but have been rising over time–showing an increased sensitivity to the question. It is expected that the nonresponse rate to the citizenship question on the 2020 Census will be even higher than the 6% nonresponse rate to the question on the ACS, and that the question will make the census more expensive and it’s results less accurate.

William P. O’Hare

DEMOCRACY, 2020 CENSUS

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Counting People Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide to 2020 Census Operations

This issue brief provides an overview of how people experiencing homelessness will be counted in the 2020 Census. If this population is not counted accurately, the result may be unequal political representation and unequal access to vital public and private resources for people experiencing homelessness and their communities.

Cara Brumfield

DEMOCRACY, 2020 CENSUS

Counting Rural America Brief

Counting Rural America: A Guide to 2020 Census Operations

This brief describes the operations that will be used to count people in rural areas. An accurate count of all rural residents is important for ensuring that rural Americans have access to the resources their communities need to thrive.

Cara Brumfield, Sophie Khan

DEMOCRACY, 2020 CENSUS

Private and Public Sectors Census Report

Why a Fair and Accurate Census Matters to Thriving Private and Public Sectors

Both the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS) face fiscal, operational, and policy threats that could jeopardize a fair and accurate count and weaken the data that shape thriving public and private sectors. This resource explains the vital roles the 2020 Census and ACS play in the health care, education, housing, local government, transportation, and manufacturing sectors and the steps stakeholders can take to protect the surveys.

Sophie Khan, Casey Goldvale, & Indivar Dutta Gupta

DEMOCRACY, 2020 CENSUS

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BRIEF | May 2018

2018 Census End-to-End Test Issue Brief #1: Importance and Risks

This issue brief provides an overview of what observers and stakeholders should expect from the 2018 End-to-End (E2E) Census Test, often called the “dress rehearsal.” As the last, most comprehensive test before 2020 Census operations begin, the E2E Census Test is fundamental to the 2020 Census’ goal: “to count everyone once, only once and in the right place.”

Sophie Khan, Casey Goldvale, & Indivar Dutta-Gupta

DEMOCRACY, 2020 CENSUS

FACT SHEET | May 2018

The Census and Health Care

The Census and the American Community Survey (ACS) produce some of the best data for understanding the nation’s different sectors and the people they serve. Both surveys currently face fiscal, operational, and policy threats that could jeopardize a fair and accurate count, weakening the data that ensure thriving public and private sectors. This fact sheet explains the vital roles the 2020 Census and ACS play in the health sector and the steps stakeholders can take to protect them.

Sophie Khan, Casey Goldvale, & Indivar Dutta Gupta

DEMOCRACY, 2020 CENSUS

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FACT SHEETS | Spring 2018

HARD TO COUNT FACT SHEETS

Certain population groups—referred to as “hard-to-count”—are at a higher risk of not being fully counted in the decennial census. Some of these groups have been historically underrepresented in the decennial census for decades. Being hard-to-count can lead to unequal political representation and unequal access to vital public and private resources for these groups and their communities. These fact sheets provide further details on these populations and their risks of not being fully counted.

Sophie Khan & Casey Goldvale

2020 CENSUS, DEMOCRACY, HARD TO COUNT 

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Counting Everyone in the Digital Age: The Implications of Technology Use in the 2020 Decennial Census for the Count of Disadvantaged Groups

The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund) and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality are excited to release a new report, “Counting Everyone in the Digital Age: The Implications of Technology Use in the 2020 Decennial Census for the Count of Disadvantaged Groups”. Ensuring a fair and accurate 2020 Census is crucial to our democracy and economy.

Casey Goldvale & Indivar Dutta Gupta

DEMOCRACY, 2020 CENSUS

WEBINAR | July 2017

“The 2020 Census: Why Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Count Matters”

Hear from national experts in a webinar GCPI cosponsored with the Coalition on Human Needs and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.