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.
GCPI and the American Libraries Association created a resource guide for librarians to use in supporting a fair and accurate count in the 2020 Census. Ensuring an accurate count of everyone in the 2020 Census is crucial for the appropriate distribution of federal funding and for reapportionment. Libraries can play an important role by answering questions about the census, providing access to internet-connected computers, helping to fight misinformation, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.