What is the census?
Every 10 years, the federal government is legally required to count every person living in the country, regardless of citizenship status, as part of the U.S. Census.
The census is used to determine funding for vital government programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and more.
It is used by businesses to determine where to open new stores or establishments.
The government also uses census data to draw district lines and determine how many seats each state will get in the House of Representatives.
Why is the census important for the Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders?
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 16 million people were not counted in the 2010 Census. AANHPIs have been undercounted for decades, disadvantaging our families, communities, and neighborhoods.
Today, roughly one in five Asian Americans and one and three NHPIs live in hard-to-count areas. Some AANHPI communities are especially at risk of being missed, including those that have limited English skills and/or are low-income.
When AANHPI communities are undercounted, they may not be accurately represented in the process to determine their elected officials.
Undercounting also results in AANHPIs being denied a full voice in policy decision-making and federal funding allocated to states and localities where AANHPIs live.
Many programs that impact AANHPI communities are based in whole or in part on census data. With a lack of data on AANHPI communities, there is less funding for vital programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and more.
What can you do to make sure you’re counted?
Fill out your census form!
Check out our resources page to find out when form comes out, how to fill it out, what language support is offered, and more!
Work for the Census Bureau as an enumerator - the person who goes to peoples’ homes to count them if they do not respond to the census. Find out more here!
Tell friends and family about the census and explain why is it important to participate!
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Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) living in the United States.
That’s how much the AANHPI population has grown since 2010. The AANHPI population growth over the decade outpaced that of any other racial group, including both Latinos and African Americans.