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.

FACT SHEET | November 2019

Differential Privacy in the 2020 Census: New Confidentiality Protections & the Implications for Data Users

The Census Bureau is modernizing its confidentiality protections for census responses. At the heart of this new approach is a mathematical definition of confidentiality called “differential privacy.” This fact sheet—published jointly with Data & Society and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights—provides a brief introduction to differential privacy, outlines the implications of the changes for data users, and encourages stakeholders to provide feedback to the Census Bureau.

Jae June LeeCara Brumfield

FACT SHEET | November 2019

The 2020 Census & the Environment: How Census Data Are Used for Environmental Justice & Climate Action

Census data are critical for advancing environmental justice and climate action. Researchers, advocates, and policymakers rely on accurate census data to identify the disparate impacts of the climate crisis, enforce an array of environmental protections, and ensure programs meet the needs (both short- and long-term) of diverse communities. This fact sheet is published jointly with WE ACT for Environmental Justice and the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation.

Jae June LeeCara Brumfield

FACT SHEET | September 2019

Why the Census Matters for Reproductive Health

Census data guide more than $800 billion in federal funding—including funding for reproductive health. This fact sheet, published jointly with Planned Parenthood, explores some of the reproductive health programs and services that rely on a fair and accurate 2020 Census count.

 

FACT SHEET | August 2019

2018 Census End-to-End Test: Results & Challenges for the 2020 Census

This issue brief provides an overview of the results of 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.”

Christopher BrownCara Brumfield

BRIEF | June 2019

Why the Census Matters for People with Disabilities: A Guide to the 2020 Census Operations & Challenges

This issue brief, published jointly with the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), describes the importance of counting people with disabilities in the 2020 census. The brief also explores how people with disabilities will be counted and related challenges. 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 with disabilities and their communities.

Jae June Lee, Erika Hudson, & Cara Brumfield

FACT SHEET | June 2019

Race & Origin Questions: A Guide to 2020 Census Operations

Accurate, detailed data on race and origin are necessary to enforce a broad array of civil rights protections, reveal disparate impacts of laws and policies, and ensure programs meet the needs of diverse communities. This fact sheet is a guide for responding to the 2020 Census race and origin questions.

Cara Brumfield, Casey Goldvale, & Christopher Brown

BRIEF | June 2019

Race & Origin Questions in Context: Understanding the 2020 Census

Accurate, detailed data on race and origin are necessary to enforce a broad array of civil rights protections, reveal disparate impacts of laws and policies, and ensure programs meet the needs of diverse communities. This brief provides background on the 2020 Census’ race and origin questions, including a discussion of proposed but rejected changes to the questions.

Cara Brumfield, Casey Goldvale, & Christopher Brown

BRIEF | May 2019 

Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census

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.

BRIEF | October 2018

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

BRIEF | October 2018

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

REPORT | September 2018

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 that 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

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 

BRIEF | September 2018

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

BRIEF | July 2018

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

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

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

REPORT | October 2017

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