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!

Actual Census 2020 Questionnaire

Census 2020 Phone Numbers:

English 844-330-2020
Spanish 844-468-2020
Chinese (Mandarin) 844-391-2020
Chinese (Cantonese) 844-398-2020
Vietnamese 844-461-2020
Korean 844-392-2020
Russian 844-417-2020
Arabic 844-416-2020
Tagalog 844-478-2020
Polish 844-479-2020
French 844-494-2020
Haitian Creole 844-477-2020
Portuguese 844-474-2020
Japanese 844-460-2020
Telephone Display Device (TDD) 844-467-2020

Overview of the Census in 59 Non-English Languages

Census Video Instructions in 16 Languages

Instructions for Completing Census 2020 Form in 60 Languages

Census Overview Video in English and 26 Asian and Pacific Islander Languages

Questions/Concerns about the Census:  Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Census Protection Hotline 888-COUNT20

Lawyers Committee’s Census Protection Hotline Partner Toolkit

NALEO Resources, 877-EL-CENSO

Arab American Institute Resources 833-3DDOUNI

Census Counts hotline:  844-202-0274

Downloadable Census Outreach Materials

I’ve Been Counted stickers — created by New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives

Asian American/Asian/Pacific Islander resources — AAJC

Census Videos

What is the Census — AAPI PSA’s in Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Gujarti, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Loa, Mandarin, Nepali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese

How Do I Take the Census — AAPI PSA’s in Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Gujarti, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Loa, Mandarin, Nepali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese

Census Disinformation

Report to census@advancingjustice-aajc.org, flags@censuscounts.org or rumors@census.gov

Census Toolkits

Census Project Toolkit

Count All Kids Toolkit

Census Outreach Toolkit

Funders Census Toolkit and Funders Census Initiative

Nonprofits Count

National Conference of State Legislators Census Resources

Get Out the Count Planning Timeline from State Voices

Reuters Graphic on Census Data and Federal Funding

Census Digital Academy — online training series for digital outreach efforts to reach the hardest to count populations for Census 2020

NALEO Census Communications Toolkit

Census Public Service Announcements and Videos

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.

Census Resource Websites

2020Census.gov — Census Bureau

Census Counts

Count Us in 2020 — Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Census Factsheets and FAQs

League of Women Voters/NALEO Census 101 Factsheets English  Spanish

AAJC Count Me In Factsheets

NCSL RI Census Factsheet
Census 101
Census Confidentiality
What Does the 2020 Census Ask Me?
How Do I Respond to the 2020 Census and What Does it Ask Me?
How the 2020 Census Affects Your Community
Census Outreach 101 and What Community-Based Organizations Can Do
Counting Your Family and Young Children
Engaging Your Friends and Family in the 2020 Census
Language Resources and How to Get Assistance

Key 2020 Census Milestones — FCCP

Census Accuracy and Undercount Factsheet — Funders Census Initiative

An FAQ About the Census, FAQ Webinar About the Census — AAJC

How Are People Counted in the Census — AAJC

Census Bureau Resources and Tools for Partners

Census Get Out the Count Timeline — AAJC

Census Technology FAQs — Census Counts

Rhode Island Census Information

NALEO Rhode Island Census Factsheet

Federal Funding to Rhode Island Based on Census Data — George Washington University

RI Census 2020 Talking Points

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

Urban Institute Research on Undercount Projections

Federal Funding to Rhode Island Based on Census Data — George Washington University

Project on Government Oversight Guide to Five Census-guided Federal Assistance Programs in Rhode Island (Title 1, CDBG, WIOA)

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 Counts & The Urban Institute webinar on 2020 Census: Who’s at Risk of Being Miscounted?

Urban Institute Report on Potential Miscounts for Census 2020

Census Counts Digital Organizing webinars — Reaching Hard to Count populations

Young Children

Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census

National Hub for Undercount of Young Children (Partnership for America’s Children)


Five Things Funders Can Do to Count All Kids — Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

Census Research on the Undercount of Young Children

NEA Census Resources for Educators

Early Childhood Funders Census Action Factsheet to Count All Kids

Early Childhood Funders Collaborative Webinar on “Young Children and the Census Undercount” Slides

Census Bureau research on messaging for families with young children

NALEO information sheet for counting young children (Spanish version)  (CA)

Suggestions for Childcare Providers — Count All Kids

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


LGBTQ Resources QueertheCensus.org — National LGBTQ Task Force and Engaging the AANHPI LGBTQ Community webinar from AAJC

People with Disabilities

Why the Census Matters for People with Disabilities — Census Counts

States Ranked by Percentage of People with Disabilities Living in HTC Tracks — Center on Poverty and Inequality

Resources from the Arc

National Disability Rights Network Census FAQ’s

Racial/Ethnic/Cultural Groups

Race and Origin Questions on the Census — factsheet and brief from Georgetown Center for Poverty and Inequality

Census Messaging Testing — African American, Latinx, Asian American, Native American, Arab American, Asian/Latino/Non-Latino Immigrants, General Census research

Census Messaging TestingAAJC

AAPI Census Toolkit — NCAPA Civic Engagement Committee

National Urban League Census Toolkit

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

Why the Census Matters for Rhode Islanders Who Are Asian American, Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian (AAJC)

Arab American Resources YallaCountMeIn.org

Recorded Webinars and Resources from Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Latinx and Spanish Language Resources

2020Census.gov — Census Bureau

HagaseContar.org — NALEO

NALEO National Bilingual Census Hotline — 877-EL-CENSO (877-352-3676)

Spanish Language Toolkit — NALEO

Spanish Language Factsheet — NALEO

HazteContar.com — Telemundo, Voto Latino, Hispanic Federation, NALEO

National Latino Commission Report on Census 2020

NALEO Northeast Census Deputy Director — Monica Vargas-Huertas,mvargas@naleo.org

Other Language Resources

Census Bureau Language Guides

Asian language factsheets (AAJC)

Resources for Nonprofits and Community Organizations

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

Why Your Company Should Become a 2020 Census Official Partner 
Census Bureau

Effective Strategies for Business Engagement Webinar Recording and Slides, Funder Census Initiative

Resources For Municipalities and Policymakers

by Common Cause, State Innovation Exchange and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Resources for Community Health Centers
NALEO Factsheet — English/Spanish
NALEO Poster — English/Spanish

Resources for Faith-Based Groups and Houses of Worship

Census Video for Faith Communities — Faith in Public Life

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

Resources for Funders

Why Your Foundation Should Become a 2020 Census Official Partner — Census Bureau

Census Technology

Census Tech FAQs from Census Counts

Census Technology Options– Community Connect Labs

Funder Resources for Counting Young Children — Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

Citizenship Question

Addition of the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census Form (AAJC)

by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC and National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, June 2018