Every 10 years, the Census Bureau undertakes a complete count of every resident of the United States.  The resulting data informs policy-making,  determines federal funding levels and representation, drives business decisions, and informs us about our communities and their needs.

In 2018, the only Census test in the country took place in Providence County, and it illustrated the critical importance of cross-sector partnerships to ensure that all Rhode Islanders are counted accurately, particularly those groups that have historically been undercounted, including young children, people of color, immigrants, residents of low-income areas, and the homeless.

It is essential that state and local governments are mobilized, community-based and philanthropic organizations are engaged, and that trusted voices join in efforts to educate and outreach to those who might not be inclined to participate in the Census, especially in today’s political environment.

The data from Census 2020 will determine a decade’s worth of federal funding allocation for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents and communities, and you can help ensure that every Rhode Island counts, and is counted!

Census 2020 Community Outreach Toolkit

Census Project Toolkit

Funders Census Toolkit and Funders Census Initiative

National Conference of State Legislators Census Resources

Census Complete Count Committee Guide

Organizing Complete Count Committees Workbook (Minnesota)

Census Outreach Toolkit

NALEO Census 101 Factsheet (English and Spanish)

Rhode Island Census Information

NALEO Rhode Island Census Factsheet

Why the Census Matters

Census Accuracy and the Undercount – Why It Matters; How’s it Measured
Funders Census Initiative 2020

Why a Fair and Accurate Census Matters to Thriving Private and Public Sectors
Leadership Conference Education Fund

Hard to Count Populations

Mapping Hard to Count Populations

Census ROAM Tool — learn about local areas with low-response rates, with demographic information in order to target appropriate outreach

Census Messaging Testing — African American, Latinx, Asian American

Census Accuracy and Undercount Factsheet
Funders Census Initiative

National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Census 2020 Resources

Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census
National Hub for Undercount of Young Children (Partnership for America’s Children)
Census Research on the Undercount of Young Children

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, in partnership with Georgetown’s Center on Poverty and Inequality produced the following series of “Will You Count?” factsheets and released them on April 17, 2018

Resources For Businesses

Data for a Strong Economy: Securing an accurate 2020 U.S. Census is essential for business
by ReadyNation • Council for a Strong America, May 2018

Resources For Municipalities and Policymakers

by the National Conference of State Legislatures, December 2017

2020 Census:  How State Legislators Can Make a Difference 
Census Bureau webinar recording

Census State/Local Partner Resources

Resources for Libraries

American Library Association Census Policy Brief

Public LIbraries and the 2020 Census (Center for Urban Research)

Resources for Rural Areas

Counting Rural America: A Guide to 2020 Census Operations
The Census Project, Center on Poverty and Equality, Georgetown Law

Why the Census Matters for Rural America:  Defining, Understanding and Investing in Rural Communities
The Census Project, Center on Poverty and Equality, Georgetown Law

Census Jobs

2020 jobs site — find out more information and apply for temporary Census Taker positions

The majority of positions for the first large field operation, Address Canvassing, will not be offered until the summer of 2019; however, there are some positions available this fall and winter.  To find out about available jobs in your area, call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020) and select option 3 to be routed to the office in your area. Even if there are no current open positions, if you apply now,  your application can remain in the applicant pool for the entire 2020 Census cycle. As a result, whenever there are openings in your area, for which you qualify, your application may be considered.