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How Business Can Contribute to an Accurate 2020 Census

In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau, will, for the first time, be encouraging residents to complete an online questionnaire to reduce the overall cost of the census, although paper and phone options will still be available. This provides new opportunities to utilize cost-effective, internet-based tactics to encourage employees, customers and the public to participate early.

Many segments of the population have been more difficult to enumerate in previous counts. These include young children, rural households and communities of color. Companies who interact with these populations as employees or customers can help achieve a complete census by encouraging them to respond early. Below are a sample of actions companies can consider.

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Will Your Kids Count? Young children and their families in the 2020 Census

Young children – defined as children under age five – have been undercounted for decades, disadvantaging their families, communities, and neighborhoods. In the 2010 Census, the net undercount rate for young children was 4.6 percent, and more than 2.2 million in this age group were not included in the census results. This is a higher net undercount rate than for any other age group. Even among other children, those under five years old are more likely to be missing from census data.

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People Experiencing Homelessness in the 2020 Census

People experiencing homelessness are at risk of being undercounted.

An estimated 3.5 million people experience homelessness annually in the United States. In 2016, families with children experiencing homelessness accounted for 35 percent of the homeless population. In 2010, African-American family members were 7 times as likely to stay in a homeless shelter as White family members. Veterans were also disproportionately represented amongst those experiencing homelessness, making up about 9 percent of homeless adults in 2016. People experiencing homelessness have been undercounted in the decennial census for decades.

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Renters in the 2020 Census

Renters and transitory occupants are at risk of being undercounted.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the net undercount rate for people living in rental housing units in the 2010 Census was 1.1 percent compared to a net overcount of 0.6 percent for people living in owner- occupied housing units. Some groups of renters had particularly high net undercount rates. There was a 12.2 percent net undercount rate for black male renters age 30 to 49, and 6.1 percent net undercount rate for male American Indians and Alaskan Natives renters age 30 to 49, and a net undercount of 8.6 percent for Hispanic Male renters age 18-29.

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April 1, 2019: National Census Day of Action Social Media Toolkit

The National Census Day of Action brings together a coalition of organizations to participate in a mass social media campaign to organize, educate, and get out the count. This social media toolkit provides a roadmap for individuals and organizations to help make sure everyone knows what the Census is, why it matters for Arab Americans, and how we all can make sure we, our families and our communities are counted fairly and accurately in 2020.

Join us on Census Day, April 1st 2019, by saying “Yalla Count Me In!” and pledging to fill out the Census in 2020.

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