Census 2020

For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.  Make sure you are counted as a part of the Wolf Pack this Census.

The census occurs when the U.S. Bureau collects a tally of all the people living in the United States, and records their basic information such as age, sex, and race. It asks questions about all people who live and sleep in a household most of the time as of April 1, 2020. The census form is quick, generally takes about 10 minutes to complete, and happens once every 10 years. 

Every individual/household in the United States can complete the Census. You do not have to be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident to fill out the Census. International students and undocumented individuals living in the U.S. can fill out the Census.

Federal law protects information you share on the Census. It is against the law for an individual’s personal information to be published, disclosed, or used against them in any way.

The data accumulated through the census is used to distribute up to $1.5 trillion in funds that aim to help services and programs in communities across the nation. The Census also ensures fair and equal representation in establishing representatives in Congress and the Electoral College. 


Census 2020 timeline

March 12-20, 2020: The Census starting mailing flyers with invitation to respond.  You can fill out the Census online, by phone or by mail

April 1, 2020: Census Day! By this day, every residential address should have received a mailer.   

Mid April 2020: Census takers will go door-to-door to homes where they have not yet received a response. 

December 31, 2020: Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts

March 31, 2021: Census Bureau sends redistricting counts to each state


How to Respond? 



When is the last day people can respond? Applicants should submit their forms no later than April 2020, but can still submit forms by phone, online, or by mail.

How long does it take to fill out the form? It is estimated that it will take about 10 minutes to complete the census questionnaire depending on the amount of people in a household. 

What happens if I leave some responses blank? It is strongly encouraged that every question is answered, but the Census Bureau will still allow incomplete submissions. The Census Bureau may follow up on incomplete submissions. 

I live on Campus in a Res Hall, do I need to fill out the Census? If you live on campus the University will work with you to be counted with the Census office.  Don’t fill out the Census.

I live off campus with roommates? If you live off-campus one (1) person from your household will fill out the Census. You will get a postcard in the mail around March 2020 inviting you to fill out the form online, by paper/mail, or by phone. Talk to your roommates about the Census and make sure everyone in your household is counted.  Talk to your parents/family and tell them not to include you in their household count.

 I live off campus with my family? If you live the majority of your time off-campus with your family they should include you in their count.  

 I am an international student? If you’re an international student studying in the U.S. this spring, you will be part of the 2020 Census. Please fill out the Census. 

I am studying abroad. Do I fill it out?  If you are going to be studying abroad in Spring of 2020 you will not be counted in the 2020 Census. Don’t fill out the Census.

In what languages will teh Census be available in? 

For a full list of language resources, visit here:


What should people do if they have a question or problem? The Census Questionnaire phone line will be available with live customer service representatives supporting 13 languages from March 9 - July 31. Call toll free at (844)330-2020. People can also find general answers about the 2020 census at 2020census.gov 


Wednesday, April 1

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