The #2020 Census Counts: Be counted!
This month, most households will receive an invitation in the mail to respond to the 2020 Census. Watch for a mailing from the US Census Bureau.
- March: On or between March 12-20, a letter from the Census Bureau should come in the mail. Most households will be invited to respond online. Areas with limited internet access may receive a paper questionnaire.
- April: Households that do not respond online will receive a mailing with a paper questionnaire.
- May – July: Census takers will begin visiting households that have not responded to the 2020 Census to make sure everyone is counted.
What is the Census?
- Every 10 years, the US government counts everyone in the country through the census. We will have a census in 2020. It is required by the US Constitution.
- Only one person needs to respond to the census in each home.
- This is a sample of the paper questionnaire that will be used during the 2020 Census. Sample copy of the 2020 Census Questionnaire
- The 2020 Census should be Accessible for everyone. View the Census Fact Sheet to learn about accessibility support.
How Are Group Homes Being Counted?
- People who live in a group facility such as a nursing home, group home or shelter are usually counted through the “Group Quarters” process.
- If a group home is going to be counted in the group quarters process, the administrator of the group home will be contacted by a census worker to make arrangements for how the census will be answered.
- If you are an administrator for a group facility, the Census Bureau has information for you.
Why Is the Census Important for People with Disabilities?
- Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed to states and communities. This includes funding for education, housing, health care, transportation, mental health, and other services.
- In FY2016, Wisconsin received $12,608,476,954 through 55 federal spending programs guided by data from the 2010 Census.
- The results determine how many Congressional Representatives each state should have.
Your Privacy Matters
- When you respond to the census, your answers are kept private. They are used only to produce statistics.
- By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies.
Census Resources For More Information
- Disability Vote Coalition Census Guide for People with Disabilities
- Census 2020 Resource from The Arc
- US Census 2020
- State of Wisconsin WiCount Census 2020
Disability Vote Coalition Resources
- Our voting fact sheets, videos, and other resources for voters with disabilities and providers are posted on our web site for you to view or print.
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