Be Counted in the 2020 Census!
By Eleanor Love, Sacramento County Youth Census Ambassador and Junior at C.K. McClatchy High School
Have you been counted?
The 2020 Census is in full swing, and every person can make a difference.
What is the census and why is it so important?
The U.S. Census is a national headcount of the country’s population that occurs once every ten years. Not only does it determine state funding and representation in Congress, but it also directly impacts children, teenagers, and adults alike. Data from the census affects programs and organizations including:
- Public transportation
- School lunch programs
- Afterschool programs
- Health insurance
- Food stamps
- Funding for public schools
These programs play a large role in the well-being of many SCUSD students, families, and schools.
How can I be counted in the 2020 Census and what can I do to be involved?
To help spread the word, contact family, friends, and colleagues; ask them if they’ve filled out their census forms. Social media is an effective tool as well: news travels fast on platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook.
Is there a citizenship question included on the census form?
- There is no citizenship question on the census form. The Supreme Court struck down plans to add a citizenship question to the form.
Who should be counted in the census?
- Everyone in your household counts – from newborn babies to great-grandparents to aunts and uncles, if they’re living there, they should be counted!
Can my personal information be used against me?
- No, all Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect your personal information and any violation of this oath comes with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up to 5 years in prison. Your responses to the 2020 Census are protected by federal law and cannot be used against you in any way.
What if my parents/guardians speak a different language? What language options are there?
- Instructions for the census questionnaire come in 13 different languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, and more.
For more information, or to be counted in the 2020 Census, please visit https://californiacensus.org/.
Eleanor Love is a junior at C.K. McClatchy High School and serves as a Sacramento County Youth Census Ambassador. The Youth Census Ambassadors aim to inform and encourage as many young people as possible to be involved in the 2020 Census, and are a part of the larger county Complete Count effort.