Once every decade, every resident in the United States is counted through the 2020 U.S. Census. This count directly impacts neighborhoods and businesses because money for schools, roads and public resources is dependent on population. So it’s essential to get an accurate count of everyone, from children to adults.
It’s estimated 5% of kids under age 5 were not counted in the 2010 Census. That equals about 1 million young children who were not counted—the highest undercount of any age group. When children are missed in the Census, programs such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program miss out on funding.
You can help ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
Beginning mid-March, every household should receive a postcard in the mail with instructions about how to participate. Information can be submitted online, over the phone, or by mail.
Download this flyer and learn how participating in the 2020 Census is easy, safe, and important.