2020 United States Census

Thanks to Holly Gabriel, our Government Documents Librarian, for information on the 2020 U.S. Census!

What is the purpose of the United States Census?

The U.S. Census occurs every 10 years and is completed in an attempt to count every resident in the United States. The results of the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats for each state in the House of Representatives. Census data is the basis for federal funding distribution. In fact, the 2020 Census will determine the distribution of over $675 billion in annual allocations to communities.

Why is the Census important for students?

Many of the loans or grants that students or UND receive are influenced by an accurate count of all students. These include critical programs such as Pell Grants, student wellness programs, and health care services.

How should students be counted in the 2020 Census?

College students who live away from home should be counted at their on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are home on April 1, 2020. This includes foreign students living and attending college in the United States, and they should also be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time. U.S. college students who are living and attending college outside the United States are not counted in the census.

College students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.

Don’t double count students

If you live in a dorm, don’t fill out a form! Campus Housing Officials will take care of making sure students living in campus housing are counted.

Parents or guardians should only include children in college who live with them full time during the school year.

How should I respond to the Census?

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the Census. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail.

For more information, see our Census 2020 guide or contact Holly Gabriel, Government Documents Librarian.