Why Is the Census Important to Illinois and Your Community
The Census helps provide a snapshot of the culture and needs of a community. In this week's webinar, we covered information about a specific hard-to-count group, Arab-Americans, and went over the best approach and advice to educate these groups on filling out the 2020 Census to be able to have a better count of this population.
Because the 2020 Census does not have a Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) category in the question about race, Arab-Americans might be counted as "White." Arab American Family Services is encouraging Arab Americans to select "Some Other Race" and write in their family's origin.This is an example of why it is important for people to self-responded to the Census in the manner that best reflects their experience.