Did You Know?

The 2020 Census Affects Funding in Your Community

Together, we can ensure a complete and accurate count for Arkansas. A complete count benefits all Arkansans. However, our state is at risk of being under-counted. Join us to make sure Arkansas Counts!

The U.S. Constitution requires that a Census be conducted every 10 years to provide data about our nation’s people, places, and economy. Census figures are used to make decisions at every level of government.

At every level, the Census affects political representation. Counts are used to determine the number of elected representatives and the shape of the districts they represent.

Community Level

Census figures help determine where new roads, schools, and public facilities are built.

State Level

The Census affects policy decisions made by our legislature and funding for public services like education, healthcare, and economic development.

National Level

The Census impacts Arkansas budgets for important programs like Medicaid, SNAP, highways and transportation, education & childcare programs, and affordable housing programs. A one percent undercount of Arkansas in 2020 may result in up to $750 million in lost funds over a 10-year period.

Join us for our upcoming census outreach training to learn everything you need to know to Get Out the Count during the 2020 U.S. Census. Register now to join us at University of Arkansas Hope – Texarkana on August 16, 9 – 11:30am.

The deadline for the Arkansas Counts Census Initiative Request for Proposals has passed. We look forward to announcing grantee partners soon.

Communication Resources

Census 2020 Outreach Training Deck

Press Release — Supreme Court Decision about the Citizenship Question

Census Counts 2020's Digital Organizing Training Series

Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

Census data are used to determine a variety of decisions libraries make to provide informational resources

Uses of Census Bureau Data in Federal Funds Distribution

Analysis of the 132 programs census data are used to distribute more than $675 billion in 2015 funding 

Arkansas Complete Count Overview

Arkansas Economic Development Institute

Relevant data on the impact of the 2020 Census on Arkansas

Counting the Dollars 2020

George Washington Institute of Public Policy’s analysis of the role the 2020 Census will have on the distribution of federal funds

Mapping Hard to Count Communities

Map that shows hard-to-count communities during the 2020 Census

How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Participate

Find out how the U.S. Census Bureau is taking action to count residents

Census Careers

Opportunities to do your part to ensure every Arkansan is counted in the 2020 Census

Census Jobs One-Pager

Help get the word out about U.S. 2020 Census jobs

Census Jobs Promotional

Spread the word: Applications are open to join the 2020 Census team

Recursos españoles

For Philanthropic Organizations

State Landscape Scan

From Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

Menu of Options for Funders

From Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

Key 2020 Census Milestones

From Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

Key 2020 Census Milestones for Funders

From Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

"Funders Can Bolster Democracy by Supporting Census Tech"

Innovation and technology can be used to ensure an accurate and representative census in communities


Arkansas Counts Complete Count Committee Members

Sub-Committee Members

Outreach/Organizing/Training (“Get Out the Count”) – Chairs: Mierya Reith, Arkansas United (director@arkansascoalition.org), and Bill Kopsky, Arkansas Public Policy Panel (bill@arpanel.org)

  • Mattie Allison
  • Deborah Bland
  • Shunqetta Cunningham
  • Elizabeth Deere
  • Jennifer Johnston
  • Julia Kilbourne-Bailey
  • Nancy Leonhardt
  • Martha Sandoval
  • Carol Young
  • Germaine Swinton
  • Sha Anderson
  • Sylvia Brown
  • Justin Burch
  • Syard Evans
  • Janie Ginocchio
  • Rebecca Pecor
  • Willie Wade

Communications – Brad Cameron, Big Big Box (brad@bbbox.io)

  • Ryder Buttry
  • Omar Gallardo
  • Tina Harris
  • JoAnn Johnson
  • Mollie Palmer

Technology/data – Pam Willrodt, Arkansas Economic Development Institute (pswillrodt@ualr.edu)

  • Diego Caraballo
  • Alison Wright

State & Local Government – Laura Kellams, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (lkellams@aradvocates.org)

  • Sandra Mitchell
  • Steve Nipper
  • Eleanor Nason
  • Nell Matthews
  • Corinne Kwapis
  • Pat Landes
  • Michael Cravens
  • Sherry Bailey
  • Kathryn Birkhead
  • Debbie Hardwick-Smith
  • Denise Ennett

Development & Subgrants – Abby Hughes Holsclaw, Arkansas Impact Philanthropy (abby@arkansasimpact.org)

  • Erin Jacobson
  • Ella Sergeant


CBS5 News

(July 17, 2019)

NW Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

(July 10, 2019)

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

(July 1, 2019)

Talk Business & Politics

(June 17, 2019)


Arkansas Business

(June 13, 2019)


U.S. News & World Report

(June 7, 2019)


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

(May 2, 2019)


(March 26, 2019)


(March 14, 2019)

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

(March 11, 2019)