The United States has become home to people from all around the world who belong to different cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds, and one way the US Census Bureau is ensuring they cover all people in the US is by providing resources, as well as the actual Census form, in 59 languages!
When it comes to understanding and completing the 2020 Census, an important factor is accessibility, and ensuring that all people in the United States are counted. A major facet to the accessibility of the Census is linguistics.
According to the Census Bureau in 2015, there are over 350 languages spoken in American households, and it continues to grow. In order to keep up with the growth in diversity in the country, the Census Bureau provides translated webpages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in braille and large text.
Additionally, something unique to the 2020 Census is the option to complete your form through the Bureau’s online portal. The portal will be available in those 59 non-English languages beginning March 12th.
If you’d like to complete your Census form over the phone, the Census offers a toll-free number with trained translators. The number will also open on March 12th.
The Census Bureau stated that the accessibility of the 2020 Census will reach 99% of the language needs in the United States. In an ever changing demographic, the Census is working to ensure it counts all people.
Whether you speak Spanish, Korean, American Sign Language, or Farsi, the Census is available to all in the United States, and the Bureau provides numerous resources to ensure that everyone is counted accurately.