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Everyone Counts: Official U.S. Census

What is Census 2020? 


Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts every person, regardless of citizenship, living in the U.S. through the census. The census is a short questionnaire that asks basic information about your household and the people who live in it.

The census is used to decide how to divide $1.5 trillion in federal funding for important services such as healthcare, schools and libraries, public transportation, and welfare benefits. You can still respond online or respond by phone through June 2020. Language assistance is available for some languages. The online questionnaire and telephone assistance are available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. The Census Bureau is also producing language glossaries, language identification cards, and language guides in 59 non-English languages which will be housed at www.2020census.gov.

Make sure that you are counted to get your fair share of resources and representation!


Census data is critical to our families and to future generations.


Census data is used to determine healthcare, transportation, schools, affordable housing, and higher education that your children and future generations need to get a good start and be successful. 

  • Data from the census are used to divide over $1.5 trillion dollars of federal funding for important services, like schools, libraries, food stamps, and health care.
  • Data from the census are also used to divide up political representation in Congress, in your state capitol, and in cities and towns across the country
  • A complete count means fair representation for your community.


In 2020, the Census will be available to take online.


For the first time, you will be able to complete your census form online. Most households will receive a letter inviting them to respond online, with a unique household ID and the web address of the official Census Bureau website. The internet self-response form is available in 12 non-English languages including Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. 

  • Respond online. The Census Bureau will send you instructions and you will receive an official postcard with your household ID around mid-March 2020. Go to the official census website, enter your household ID, and then answer the questions.
  • Respond by phone. Call the Census Bureau to answer the census by phone and ask questions about the census.
  • Respond via paper questionnaire. If you do not respond to the census online or by phone, the Census Bureau will mail you a paper questionnaire. This option is only available in English or Spanish.


Your data is private. Period.


Your personal responses are confidential and protected by law.  Census workers are not only sworn to protect the privacy of your data but also face severe punishments if they breach it. 

  • The census will NOT ask about citizenship or immigration status.
  • The Census Bureau is not allowed to share your individual information with other government agencies, immigration officials, or the public. Strong laws protect your response from being shared!
  • Census responses can only be used for statistical purposes.



APIAVote will launch a media advertising campaign working with over 175 local AAPI ethnic press across the country to promote census participation.  This is to fill a gap that is left by the U.S. Census who is only advertising in certain markets in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Filipino ethnic press.



APIAVote and Asian American Advancing Justice-AAJC will be launching a census hotline by the end of February:  844-2020API (844-202-0274). Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali.



Since 2006, APIAVote has trained thousands of local partners, volunteers, and community leaders  the necessary tools and skills to implement successful electoral campaigns where they lived through the Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute (NYMLI) trainings. In 2019, APIAVote scaled up the NYMLI trainings to include Census training to ensure that AAPI community leaders and volunteers are prepared and mobilized to engage their constituents to ensure a complete count of the community





Since its founding, empowering young voters has been a fundamental strategy of APIAVote. Through the Youth Ambassador Program student organizations on 40 campuses across the US are giving resources and trainings to implement Get Out The Vote and voter registration campaigns as well as get out the count for the 2020 census.

This past September, APIAVote launched it's 2019-2020 cohort of youth ambassadors consisting of student organizations all across the nation. Two weekends ago, we hosted a two and a half-day training summit with 60 student leaders representing 29 schools. 

During the three day training, our ambassadors gained a fuller knowledge on what exactly it means to be an APIAVote Youth Ambassador and set goals and plans for the upcoming year. The comprehensive training included voter registration tactics–how to recruit and train volunteers, how to spot mistakes on a voter registration form, the difference between online and in-person registration–as well as census education; specifically on the importance of the 2020 Census and how to best inform their families, communities, and their campus. 

AAPI Youths Say Count Us In


One of the most popular components of our census training is the Census Quiz.  We review 29 frequently asked questions and scenarios which allow volunteers to educate themselves on how to respond.  They range from how are individuals counted in dorms and nursing homes, how to mark yourself as multiracial, what is a household and who I count (kids with divorced parents, relatives/friends living temporarily with you) and many more scenarios.  An online version of this quiz will be made available in a couple of weeks. 



A fun 2-minute video explaining the census and translated into 26 Asian and Pacific Islander languages. 

English, Bengali, Burmese, Chamorro, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, Chuukese, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Marshallese, Nepali, Palauan, Punjabi, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, Vakaviti, Vietnamese





To serve the broadest swath of the AAPI community which speak more than 26 different languages, APIAVote will be creating unique content pages to direct people to resources available in the following languages: 

  • Bengali, Burmese, Chamorro, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, Chuukese, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Marshallese, Nepali, Palauan, Punjabi, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, Vakaviti, Vietnamese