One year ago, Language Magazine introduced COUNT ON ME: Campaign for an Accurate 2020 Census. The campaign was born out of a desire to help ensure that everyone, no matter where they were born or what language they speak, is counted and can continue to access the services they need.
Since introducing COUNT ON ME, everyday life has changed in ways we could never have imagined. Classrooms have gone dark, businesses have shuttered their doors, and many people must now rely on the government to meet their basic needs.
When schools and businesses reopen, they will depend on state and local funding to help them get back on their feet. For that reason and many more, it’s critical that everyone complete the 2020 Census.
Key Facts about the Census:
- The Census counts every person living in the United States, regardless of age or citizenship status every 10 years in years ending in 0.
- Communities get resources based on census population counts, that help pay for hospitals, emergency services, schools, roads, and more.
- For the first time, people can respond online and by phone, in addition to the mail-in option.
- Your data is protected and it’s confidential. Federal law protects your responses, which cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration agencies, or housing authorities.
The Census’ informational website and language guides are available in 59 languages other than English. The online questionnaire itself is available in 13 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English, French, Haitian Creole, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
To access video language guides, visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLewV-zKXDZkiAT8Tp96NysEoq3dDEMi7L.
To access print language guides, visit https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census/planning-management/language-resources/language-guides.html.
To access language glossaries, visit https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census/planning-management/language-resources/language-glossaries.html.