The 2020 Census – We Are #CountWorthy
Respond to the 2020 Census!
Every 10 years, the U.S. counts everyone living in the country on April 1 in order to determine:
- How many seats each state gets in Congress.
- Funding for everything from fire departments and health clinics to schools and roads.
The Census – Showing up while staying home.
Why participate in the Census?
Want your voice heard? The census determines how many people represent Ohio in Congress, how many Electoral College seats we get, and what our state legislative districts look like.
From highway construction to healthcare, the census impacts spending on infrastructure and vital services. Census data impacts funding distribution for programs like:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- HIV Emergency Relief Project grants
- Housing Assistance
- Adoption Assistance
- Career and Technical Education grants
- Child and Adult Care Food Program
- Highway Planning and Construction
The Census is Safe
Your responses to the 2020 Census are confidential and never shared with law enforcement or any other government agency.
The Census is for Everyone!
- Immigrants and Citizens
- Documented and Undocumented
- LGBTQ+, Cisgender, and Straight
- People of every race and ethnicity
- People of every faith and no faith
The 2020 Census began on April 1, 2020
You can complete the Census for your household online, by phone, or by mail.
For more information, ask an Equitas Health staff person
or visit 2020CENSUS.GOV.
What’s New (and What’s Not) on the 2020 Census for LGBTQ+ People
Same-Sex Households Counted!
For the first time ever, the 2020 Census will allow couples (regardless of marital status) who live in the same household, to identify their relationship as same-sex. This new set of data about LGB households will inform community planning for families and provide vital statistics to advocates and policymakers who work on LGBTQ+ issues.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Not Recognized
As in the past, there will not be a way for an individual to identify their sexual orientation or gender identity. The government collects data about LGBTQ+ individuals living in the U.S. through the The American Community Survey (ACS), but has still not included that as a question in the Census.
No Citizenship Question!
The 2020 Census WILL NOT ask you whether you or your family members are citizens of the U.S.
The Census is for everyone. Immigrants and citizens. Those with or without documentation. LGBTQ+, cisgender, and straight. People of every race and ethnicity. People of any faith or no faith. If you are living in the U.S. on April 1, YOU COUNT!