Census 2020

The online data collection for the Census has closed. Learn more information about the Census below.


For more information visit azcensus2020.gov or census2020.gov


Multilingual Video in Arabic, Burmese, English, Kinyarwanda, and Nepali


For more multilingual videos, visit: www.apiavote.org/bn/census2020


Census Video in Arabic made by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) students, click here.


Oromo Census Video, click here.


Kinyarwanda Census Video, click here.


2020 United States Census – What you need to know

Flyer available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Nepali, Pashto, and Spanish.

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  • Why is the Census important?

    Why is the Census important?

    Information provided by prb.org



    State population counts from the decennial census are used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. No state has permanent claim to their current number of assigned House seats. State population counts determine how the 435 seats are split across the 50 states based on each state’s share of the national total. After the 2020 Census, southern and western states are expected to gain seats—and political clout—at the expense of states in the Northeast and Midwest. The Census Bureau will publish apportionment population counts by December 31, 2020, affecting the size of state delegations for the 2022 U.S. House elections and state votes in the U.S. Electoral College for the 2024 presidential election.



    State and local officials use decennial census results to help redraw congressional, state, and local district boundaries to contain roughly equal numbers of people to ensure each person’s voting power is closely equivalent (meeting the one-person, one-vote rule). The Census Bureau will publish redistricting data no later than March 31, 2021—within one year of Census Day.


    Money to States and Localities

    Census totals help determine the amount of funding that state governments and local communities receive from the federal government for the next decade. Census Bureau data were used to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and local communities for health, education, housing, and infrastructure programs during Fiscal Year 2015. Accurate census counts ensure that funding is equitably distributed for numerous programs such as Medicaid, highway planning and construction, special education grants to states, the National School Lunch Program, and Head Start.



    Data from the census inform a wide range of government, business, and nonprofit decisionmaking. Governments and nonprofit organizations rely on decennial census data to determine the need for new roads, hospitals, schools, and other public sector investments. Census data are also vital to businesses as a key source of information about the U.S. population’s changing needs.


    Emergency Response

    Detailed population information is critical for emergency response in the wake of disasters. First responders and disaster recovery personnel use census data to help identify where and how much help is needed. Similarly, demographic details from the census assist epidemiologists and public health personnel in everything from tracking disease outbreaks, to combating the opioid epidemic, to improving child health.


    A Base for Federal Surveys

    Decennial census data provide a population base for dozens of federal surveys. The Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program uses census data in combination with birth, death, and migration data to produce annual population and housing unit estimates. These estimates are then used as population controls for the American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, and many other federal surveys—so that the numbers of housing units and people in certain categories agree with the Census Bureau’s official estimates.

  • Census: Myths and Facts

    Myths and Facts on Immigration and the Census

    Information provided by nonprofitvote.org

    Myth: Undocumented immigrants should not be counted by the census.

    Fact: Everyone counts in the census, regardless of immigration status.

    • The census is designed to count everyone living in the United States, regardless of legal status
    • Census statistics are used to figure out what kind of services each community needs, including schools, hospitals and health clinics, and jobs.
    • Census information is used to figure out which communities have enough people who speak languages other than English so as to require services in other languages.


    Myth: Immigrants can avoid the census by not completing their census form.

    Fact: If you don’t want a visit from the government, complete your form promptly.

    • People who return a completed census form will not be contact by the Census Bureau
    • People who don’t return a form by April 1 could have census workers come to their home up to six times to try to get a form completed


    Myth: Immigrants don’t benefit from the census.

    Fact: Everyone, including immigrants, benefits from investments in education, health care, and jobs that are distributed based on census information.

    Census data is also used in ways that are of special importance to immigrants, including:

    • funding for nonprofit organizations to provide job assistance aimed at making foreign-born people economically self-sufficient;
    • helping states and local agencies develop health care and other services tailored to the language and cultural diversity of immigrants, including health care and other services tailored to the language and cultural diversity of elderly people under the Older Americans Act.
    • allocating funds to school districts for children with limited English language proficiency.


    Myth: Answering the census could get me in trouble with immigration or my landlord.

    Fact: There’s no need to fear the census. Individual information is safe and your privacy is strongly protected.

    • The census form does not ask about immigration status.
    • Census responses are confidential and protected by the strongest privacy laws we have.
    • No other law or agency can override protections for the confidentiality of people’s responses to census questions – not the Patriot Act, the IRS, Homeland Security, or ICE.
    • No private company, landlord or employer can get any household’s census information, even with a court order.


    Myth: Immigrants can gain influence by threatening to boycott the census.

    Fact: Boycotting the census can only hurt immigrant communities and limit their influence.

    Numbers matter. In the past, immigrants have been more likely to be missed in the census. Getting everyone counted will demonstrate the strength of our communities and will give us a bigger voice in government, business, and decisions that affect our lives and families.

  • Language Guides

    Language Guides and Resources

    Your Guide to the 2020 Census – How to respond to the 2020 Census Paper Questionare

    For a list of translated and printable guides, click here.

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    Video for Completing the 2020 Census – How to respond to the 2020 Census Online – English

    For translated versions of the video, click here.


    Language Glossaries

    These language glossaries provide translations of commonly used terms for the 2020 Census. To see full list, click here.


    Language Glossary Template

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    Print Language Guide Template

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    Instructions for Using Template for the 2020 Census Print Language Guide

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    Video Language Guide Script Template

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    Instructions for Using the Template for the Video Language Guide

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    2020 Census Postcard

    Available in Arabic, Burmese, English, Farsi, French, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Nepali, Pashto, and Spanish.

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