The 2020 Census

YWCA and the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is extremely important to us at the YWCA. The census is not just a head count, but determines political representation, allocation of more than $675 billion in state and federal funding to communities each year, and so much more. You, your family, and your community deserve representation and resources.

What is the census?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States.

What will the census ask?

The census asks for basic personal information, such as name, relationship to head of household, gender, age, birthday, Hispanic origin and race, and status as a homeowner or renter.

How is census information used?

Census data is used to determine representation in the government, allocate federal funds, create jobs, provide housing, fund K-12 education, prepare for emergencies and build schools, roads, hospitals, libraries, and so much more.

Census and elections

Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.

Census and information safety

Federal law protects your census responses. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. By law your information cannot be shared with immigration enforcement agencies, law enforcement agencies, or be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits.

Who gets counted?

Everyone counts! The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, only once, and in the right place. Every person, including babies and children, residing in the household needs to be included on the form in order to be counted.

How do I complete the census?

  • Online at my2020census.gov
    • Note: Can’t find your code? Not to worry! You can still complete the census online by using your mailing address!
  • By mail
  • By phone
    • English (844) 330-2020
    • Spanish (844) 468-2020
    • Portuguese (844) 474-2020

YWCA Southeastern MA is here to help

Call our COVID-19 Census Hotline at 508-525-6517, available every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Leave us a message if we are unable to take your call!

Additional Resources

  • 2020 Census FAQs (PDF)
  • More Census FAQs (PDF)
  • Census Bureau Toll-Free Language Lines (PDF)