Census 2020: Question #9 About Race
The Decennial Census started on March 12th, 2020
The 2020 Census will ask a series of questions about you and each person who lives with you. When responding, you’ll record the race of each person who is living in your home on April 1, 2020. That is Question #9.
Once you check a category, you’ll also be asked to write in the person’s origin. When asked about your racial/national origins make sure to identify as Greek by writing ‘Greek’ under either ‘White’ or ‘Some other race’.
Be sure all of your family members, regardless of age or citizenship status, are counted as Greek too!
The Census is completely secure. No information collected can be used against you by a government agency or court of law. By law, Census data can only be used for statistical purposes.
Why is the Census important?
Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. The Greek community can benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When we respond to the census, we help our community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
Identifying as Greek in the Census will result in tens of millions of dollars in federal funding being invested to support services in our community, including funding for Greek schools, Greek language programs, Greek language services for government-run programs, in addition to funding to support Medicare, aged care, Section 8 housing, and many other services.
Make sure our community counts in the 2020 Census to secure vital funding for services, and to maximize our collective voice for years to come.
You can complete the Census online using the 12-digit Census ID mailed to you or left at your door by the Census Bureau! Once you have received your code, visit my2020census.gov and follow the instructions to complete the Census online.