What is the Census?
The U.S. Constitution requires a count of all people living in the U.S. every 10 years. 2020 will be the year in which the next Census is conducted. Census forms will be available in multiple languages and can be completed online for the first time.
Who can participate?
Everyone participates because everyone counts Hoosiers care because everyone benefits from the data collected. The Census count does not differentiate between citizens and non-citizens; all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, etc. living in the U.S. are counted.
When is Census 2020?
On April 1, 2020, the nation will recognize Census Day to earmark the commencement of the new decennial census count of total residing population as of this date. The U.S. Constitution requires that the federal government count all persons living in the country every 10 years, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, and citizenship status. The 2020 Census survey, for the first time, will be available to complete online, as well as by phone or paper form to be returned by mail. Residents should expect correspondence on how to complete the survey in March of 2020. Taking part is a civic duty and the survey is easy to complete. Furthermore, every response is confidential.
Why is this important to our school?
First, the Census will determine the apportionment to the states of the number of congressional seats. The survey information will be used for redistricting of congressional and state legislative districts. The count also is used by the federal government to determine allocation of approximately $883 billion in federal funds, with $160 billion for programs to support children. This year Indiana will receive about $18 billion in federal funding, with approximately $1 billion for K-12 programs. It is estimated that for every person missed in the count, Indiana will lose about $10,000 in federal funds over the next decade. It is important that all persons residing in the state are counted to ensure we maintain our congressional seats and receive our “fair share” of federal funds. As important, completing the Census helps your community receive important funding to address local community needs.
Unfortunately, children from birth to age 4 and those ages 5-9 are the two age groups most likely to be undercounted in the Census, as was the case in 2010; with Black and Hispanic young children having a higher net undercount than other children. One in five children were missed because their family did not return the form; four in five lived in families that returned the form but didn’t include the young child on it. We must make sure that every Hoosier child counts in the 2020 Census.