While it is estimated more than 1.5 million Armenians live in the United States, Census data indicates there are fewer than 500,000.
In California, where the estimated Armenian population is 1 million, less than 250,000 Armenians are counted.
This means our community is missing out on millions of dollars in federal funding and grants.
The 2020 Census will determine how over $700 billion in funding will be spent every year to support the programs and services our communities need.
An accurate count of the Armenian-American community will ensure federal funding is delivered to service our community. This will include funding for schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, colleges, housing, and other important services.
In order to be counted, Armenian Americans must record their identity as 'Armenian' in response to Question 9 regarding race and ethnic origin.
Only a complete picture of the Armenian-American population can secure vital federal funding for the community.