What Is The 2020 Census?
Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. Information from this count provides the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.
The key message right now for anyone with questions about how COVID-19 will affect the 2020 Census: It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet with a census taker.
Why Should The LGBTQ Community Be Counted?
The LGBTQ community has been fighting to be counted on federal surveys since 1990. Learn more about our history here. The U.S. Census Bureau recently submitted to Congress its planned questions for the 2020 census, and for the first time ever, the survey will allow respondents to specify that they are part of a same-sex couple. The expansion of the relationship question is a step in the right direction, and we look forward to the day when everyone from the LGBTQ community is recognized.
The information collected will be used in a number of ways. This includes planning and funding government programs that provide services for LGBTQ families, and exploring whether existing programs are effective. In preparation for the 2020 Census, LGBTQ organizations will work to revitalize efforts to educate and engage our community on the importance of being counted.
How Do I Respond To The 2020 Census?
You will be able to complete the 2020 Census online, or by phone or mail. Data that the public has already provided will be used to reduce follow-up in-person visits.
Who Sees My Information?
Given the current political climate, people may be hesitant to participate in the 2020 Census count. However, your responses are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you in any way.
Can I Work For The 2020 Census?
YES! Earn extra income while helping your community. The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. They are hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.
Positions for the 2020 Census are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Explore their interactive map to find the pay rates in your county or municipio. Applications must be filled out online. Apply here.
I Have More Questions About The 2020 Census
General questions: Census.gov
LGBTQ-specific questions: National LGBTQ Task Force 2020 Census Guide