The 2020 Census

As we plan for our state and nation’s future, every Texan counts. The 2020 Census will play a defining role in both the representation of Texans in our political system and billions of dollars in federal aid that supports our health care, housing, education, transportation, food and more for the next decade. Ensuring a full count of everyone in our state is critical to our shared goals for a thriving Rio Grande Valley and a thriving Texas.

For a state as geographically large as Texas, we face many challenges to get an accurate and complete count of our diverse population and many communities. In particular, our border and rural areas, our high number of young children, and the large immigrant population all require greater direct support and targeted outreach to get a complete count.

The estimated cost of even a 1% undercount is projected at $300 million per year in federal revenue.

To improve the likelihood of success, we are aligning regional and statewide campaigns to ensure Texas is well represented.

The 2020 Texas Counts Campaign has been created in partnership with Educate Texas and Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium at the Communities Foundation of Texas and the Center for Public Policy Priorities to organize community leaders across our state to ensure a fair and accurate census.

As a coordinated, but separate, effort, the Communities Foundation of Texas has established a statewide Texas Counts Pooled Fund to provide critical funds that will enable local communities to target outreach efforts and implement best practices that will ensure a fair and accurate count for Texas.

Learn more on our Educate Texas website about how you or your organization can support our Census efforts and other topics related to this work and how they impact the Rio Grande Valley.

Visit the Educate Texas 2020 Census Page