Is the Census available in other languages? YES!
Over 99% of the nation's households speak English or one of these 12 languages: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
The Census Bureau is providing multiple ways to respond and reaching out through advertising, outreach materials, and web content in each of these languages.
The census questionnaire will be available in English and these 12 Languages.
Call centers will be able to answer questions and take census responses in English and these 12 languages. Each language will have a dedicated phone number.
The census materials arriving by mail will include a short phrase in English and these 12 languages inviting people to respond online or by phone in their language.
The Census Bureau is hiring census takers who speak the language(s) of their community. Census takers will follow up in person with households that don't respond on their own.
Beyond the 12 Languages
The Census Bureau will help people respond in 59 non-English languages by providing:
Census By Phone: Toll-free Numbers
Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
English (Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
Spanish (Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
Telephone Display Device (TDD): 844-467-2020
If the interactive map does not load, visit it on the 2020 Census website here: https://public.tableau.com/views/ResponseRateChallenge/StateDashboard?:showVizHome=no&:tabs=n&Select%20Mode=Total&Share=Share
The Census Bureau has modified deadlines as follows:
By April 1, 2020, every home should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:
Online (computer, tablet, phone)
Phone OR Mail
Will the 2020 Census include a question about citizenship? NO!
You may have heard that the Census might ask who is and isn’t a citizen, but that question was not approved by our legal system. Everyone has a right to fill out the Census.
Who is counted?
6 months of US residency required (most of the year)
Residence on April 1, 2020 is the address to report
What will the 2020 Census count?
Number of people living or staying in respondent’s home as of April 1, 2020
Additional people living or staying in the home
Whether the home is owned, with or without a mortgage, or rented
Respondent’s telephone number (for Census Bureau follow up)
Names of each person in the household and their relationship to the respondent
Residents' age and birthdate
Whether the person is “of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin”
● It’s about FAIR REPRESENTATION : After the Census is taken, the population count is used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts – including the House of Representatives for each state.
● It’s about FUNDING : Census data is used to distribute billions of dollars in funding to state and local governments—including funding for schools, roads, and local services that help keep our communities strong.
● It’s about the FUTURE : Population data is used to plan where to build new schools, hospitals, supermarkets, and other local businesses.
● Ultimately the Census matters because WE ALL COUNT! – it is our job to participate in our democracy and claim the resources and political representation that is our right!
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