US Census 2020

Be Counted— Complete the US Census!

The US Census 2020 count is quickly approaching.   The Census count is done every 10 years and is very important to our region’s funding.  Over $1.5 trillion annually is distributed by the Federal Government based on the US Census data.  That translates to $1,250 in resources for every person who gets counted.  The count is mandated by the Constitution, and covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. 

Why be counted?
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

Key Dates:

  • In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. You can respond in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
  • March 30-April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness.
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide.
  • April 9-30: Census forms will be delivered to Todd Larsen to coordinate completion for all on campus residents with our Residence Life team and will be returned to the US Census.
  • May-July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver counts to the President and Congress.

What questions are asked?
The census asks residents their age, race, sex, and who they are living with including same sex and unmarried partner relationships.  There are NO questions about legal or undocumented immigrants.

More information on the US Census 2020 can be found at https://www.countme2020.org/ and https://2020census.gov.