US Census 2020

by Street Dreams

About the Census

Right now, the 2020 Census is trying to count everybody in America to inform the federal funding and political representation decisions made over the next 10 years. This count happens every 10 years, and every 10 years the same communities are undercounted – communities of color, immigrant communities, and low-income communities. 

“When a community is undercounted, fewer resources are allocated to serve its actual population…Over time, the cumulative reduction in resources and representation entrenches societal in equity.”

— Civil rights lawyer Janai Nelson

What does the Census fund?

The census determines how over $800 billion will be distributed to neighbourhoods across the US. By taking the census, people help their communities secure public funding and resources for hundreds of social programs and services like school lunch programs, mental health services, SNAP benefits, affordable housing programs, hospitals, public transportation, small business grants, and much more. 

These illustrations show how much money you can bring into your community just by taking the census. 

Illustrations by Mona Chalabi

How do you take the Census?

You can take the Census online, by phone, or by mail. If you want to take it online just go to and fill out the questionnaire in less than 10 minutes.

The 4 steps that explain how to take the Census online:

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Click “Start Questionnaire”

Step 3: Enter the 12-digit Census ID that was mailed to you. If you don’t have it just click the link that says “If you do not have a Census ID, click here”

Step 4: Fill out your Census and submit

For more information visit

Photos by Steven John Irby

Film by
Joe Cavallini + Steven John Irby

Typography by Slang Inc.

Production by Street Dreams
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