2020 Census

Demanding a fair and accurate census to ensure equal representation, full participation in the political process, and accountability

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The Census Counts Campaign


The Constitution requires a census every 10 years to count all residents in the United States, regardless of background. Not only is the census central to apportioning political power, but the data also influence the allocation of more than $800 billion every year for services like schools, fire departments, and hospitals. All of us — from community members to state and local leaders — have an enormous stake in ensuring the accuracy of the count.

The 2020 Census is among the most important civil rights issues today. Historically, the census has excluded certain communities at disproportionately high rates, including people of color, urban and rural low-income households, and young children. When communities are undercounted, they are deprived of equal political representation and access to resources. What does that mean for people’s everyday lives? To start, more time in traffic, not enough community health centers, and overcrowded classrooms.

The Education Fund launched the Census Counts campaign to coordinate local, state, and national organizations invested in a successful 2020 Census. Together, we are driving change to ensure that democracy works — and works for everyone.

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Key Reports

Counting Everyone in the Digital Age
Why a Fair and Accurate Census Matters to Thriving Private and Public Sectors
Race and Ethnicity in the 2020 Census

Contact Us


Check out the Census Counts website or contact Beth Lynk, Census Counts campaign director, for more information.

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