The Arc: What is the Census?

The Arc: ¿Qué es el Censo?

The United States Census count is happening this year, and it is important that people with disabilities and their families are ready to be counted. Historically, people with disabilities have been underrepresented in census responses. We are working to change that this year. Here are some basics to help you participate in the 2020 Census.

What is the 2020 Census? 

The U.S. government counts every person in the country. To do this, the government sends a letter in the mail in March with an invitation to take the 2020 Census. The letter asks one person in every home to answer a few questions. A home is any type of place where you live!

How do you complete the 2020 Census?

You can respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

What are the Census questions?

The census asks two types of questions: questions about your home, and questions about every person who lives in your home.

What happens to my answers?

Your answers are used to count how many people are in the country. Your answers to the census are secret. The law does not allow your answers to be shared.

Why do people in the U.S. need to answer the Census questions? 

So people with disabilities are represented in government and there is money for services and programs that benefit you!

2020 Census Resources

The Arc of the United States has created several useful resources to help you learn more about the 2020 Census and spread the word.

The United States Census Bureau has many resources available, including important dates, frequently asked questions, and how the results affect you.

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