CENSUS 2020’S IMPACT ON ARKANSAS

Getting the count right matters! Arkansas receives six to seven billion annually in federal dollars based on the results of the national census. These funds support Medicaid and grants for transportation, education, public housing, community development, and dozens of other critical federal programs.

Low participation in the census has grave consequences. Every uncounted Arkansan means a loss of $2,500 for each year for the next ten-years and even a 1% under count can add up to $750 million in lost federal funds.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

It’s up to all of us!
Community leaders know best what appeals to the folks in their area. They can create approaches and activities best suited to raise awareness and promote participation in their community. Work with your Complete Count Census Committee to form ‘Get Out to Count’ Groups that can sponsor activities like:

  • Participating in Census rallies or parades.
  • Coordinating Census Unity Youth forums.
  • Hosting interfaith breakfasts and weekend events.
  • Encouraging the use of the Statistics in Schools program in local classrooms.
  • Incorporating census information in newsletters, social media posts, podcasts, mailings, and websites.
  • Recruiting census workers when jobs become available.

RESOURCES FOR CENSUS 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is the clearing house for official information about plans for the 2020 Census. Other sites with important and helpful information include:

Mapping tools to identify areas with hard-to-count populations include: