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2020 Census: Make a Difference. Be Counted.

February 17, 2020

The Census is a Constitutionally-mandated count of every single person in the U.S. conducted once every 10 years. It consists of nine short questions that cover things like your age, sex, and number of people in your household, and helps establish $1.4 billion in federal funding for transportation, emergency services, and health and human services programs in the Denver community. And, an accurate census count means federal funds for education! ?

Census Day is April 1, 2020. Data collection will begin in March 2020 and continue through July 2020. Completing the Census is easy—just 10 minutes online, on the phone, or by mail and you’re done. As college students, some of whom may be in temporary living situations, determining who fills out what can be confusing. We are here to help with the tips below.  

  • Everyone living in each ?, including newborns, older individuals, and people who are not family members, should be counted on the household’s 2020 Census form. 
  • If you live alone in a ?, apartment or mobile home, you fill it out.
  • If you live with your parents in a ?, apartment, or mobile home, they fill it out.
  • If you live in group quarters, such as the dorms or a shelter, you are counted through a process managed by the Census Bureau.
  • People should be counted if they live or stay at a residence most of the time; stayed there on April 1 (Census Day) and had no permanent place to live (couch surfers?); or stay at a residence more time than any other place.
  • Most college students ?should be counted at their college address, either on or off campus.
  • People experiencing homelessness are counted during the “Service Based Enumeration,” a process in which a Census Bureau representative conducts an in-person interview with each person who is served or staying at a given service-based location on Census Day.
  • Exchange students are counted. ✔️
  • Online and phone versions are available in 13 languages. ?️
  • Being counted is safe and secure. Your info is ONLY used to count you and will never be shared.