Get counted! It matters.
Every ten years, the Constitution mandates the count of every person living in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five US territories.
The Census determines how many people are residing in the United States, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, citizenship or immigration status and provides critical data used to base funding allocations for schools, hospitals, fire departments, and other infrastructure. Congressional and state legislative districts will be drawn based on the Census results, as well as the number of seats designated to represent each state in the US House of Representatives. Read more about why it matters.
Census Day is observed nationwide on April 1, 2020.
The Census Bureau recommends people respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail to avoid the need for in-person counting. The Census Bureau has extended self-response until August 14, 2020.
College Students and Campus Closing
College students who typically live on campus will be counted on campus regardless of campus closings. College students who typically live off campus will be counted where you would live regardless of campus closings.
Visit the 2020 Census website for information on operational adjustments due to COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
|How can I be counted?|
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.
Choose from three ways to respond:
|What if I live on campus in a residential hall?|
|If you live on campus, do not fill out a census response form. The college will count you as a campus resident.|
|What if I live off campus?|
If you live off campus in an apartment or house with other students, you will respond to the Census as a household and fill out one Census form collectively.
Do not have each person fill out a separate response form.Choose one person in your apartment or house to fill out the form, and be sure to include anyone who is currently living in the residence on April 1, 2020.
|What if I live off campus with my family?|
|If you live off campus with your parents or other family members for majority of the year on April 1, 2020, you will be counted on your family’s collective Census response form.|
|What should I tell my parents or family members about how I should be counted?|
You should not be counted on your family’s Census form unless you live and sleep most of the time at your family residence.
The Census aims to count every person in the United States and US territories where they live and sleep most of the year. Because the 2020 Census takes place during the spring 2020 semester, you will more than likely be living on or near campus on April 1, 2020.
|What if I choose not to respond?|
If you do not respond online, by phone, or mail, a representative from the Census Bureau will follow up in person to homes that have not responded.
Remember: the goal of the Census is to get an accurate count of the whole US population so the Census Bureau wants to make sure that everyone is counted.
|Why do we need a population count?|
The count helps us determine the following things:
|What questions are asked on the 2020 Census?|
The Census simply asks the number of people living or staying in the residence on April 1, 2020, and name, sex, age, date of birth, race and ethnicity of each.
It also asks what kind of residence it as and the phone number. See a preview of the questions here.
|How will my information be used?|
Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics. Please see the Census’ Privacy and Security information page.
The Census will never ask for the following information: