Census 2020

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Here is what you NEED to know...

Students Living On Campus (in the residence halls and NDSCS apartments) DO NOT need to participate in Census 2020. The NDSCS Residential Life office will report your residency directly to the Census Bureau.

Students Living Off Campus (with parents) DO NOT need to participate in Census 2020 independent of their parents. Parents should report your residency with their report. Ask your parents if they've counted you!

Students Living Off Campus (without parents) Do need to participate in Census 2020.

  • Students in this category can expect to receive a letter in the mail by April 1, 2020. The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You can even respond on your mobile device. 

Why is it important to participate in Census 2020?

It’s about $675 billion.
Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.

It’s about fair representation.
The results determine how many seats in Congress each state has.

It’s in the Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution mandates in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted it’s population every 10 years since 1790.

What Happens to your Answers?

Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home. 

How YOU Can Help

The 2020 Census is more than a count. It’s an opportunity — to get involved and to help shape the future of your community.

Everyone can play a role. The Census Bureau needs your help to raise awareness about the 2020 Census and the importance of an accurate count.

You can Spread the Word!

Through the power of your social media channels, you can help shape the world around you. Share interesting facts, real-life stories, and how-to information to encourage your friends and family members to participate in the 2020 Census. Follow Census 2020 here:

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Download graphics from Census 2020 and share them on your social media channels.

Set the Record Straight

An accurate count is critical for communities across the country. Don’t let misinformation keep your friends and family members from responding.

One of the best ways you can show your support for the 2020 Census is by making sure you know the facts. Review the basics of the 2020 Census and how the Census Bureau protects your data — and then share these facts with your loved ones.

And if you hear false information, or are wondering whether a rumor you heard is true, please contact rumors@census.gov.

Questions Asked

Below are questions asked during Census 2020 along with the reason why these questions are asked. Governments, businesses, communities, and nonprofits all rely on the data that these questions produce to make critical decisions.

How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020.
This will help us count the entire U.S. population and ensure that we count people according to where they live on Census Day.

Whether the home is owned or rented.
This will help us produce statistics about homeownership and renting. The rates of homeownership serve as one indicator of the nation's economy. They also help in administering housing programs and informing planning decisions.

About the sex of each person in your home.
This allows us to create statistics about males and females, which can be used in planning and funding government programs. This data can also be used to enforce laws, regulations, and policies against discrimination.

About the age of each person in your home.
The U.S. Census Bureau creates statistics to better understand the size and characteristics of different age groups. Agencies use this data to plan and fund government programs that support specific age groups, including children and older adults.

About the race of each person in your home.
This allows us to create statistics about race and to provide other statistics by racial groups. This data helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.

About whether a person in your home is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.
These responses help create statistics about this ethnic group. This is needed by federal agencies to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as those in the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.

About the relationship of each person in your home.
This allows the Census Bureau to create estimates about families, households, and other groups. Relationship data is used in planning and funding government programs that support families, including people raising children alone.

The Census Will Never Ask Certain Questions

During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

If someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau contacts you via email or phone and asks you for one of these things, it's a scam and you should not cooperate. For more information, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

Does COVID-19 affect how I should respond?

No, you should continue to fill out the Census 2020 response the same way you would prior to Covid-19. According to the Census Bureau residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to COVID-19 pandemic. If you spend six months or more of the year in North Dakota, you need to be counted here. This means, even if you are home on census day, April 1, you should be counted according to the residence criteria which states you should be counted where you live and sleep most of the time.

If you have questions about Census 2020, visit 2020census.gov or at NDSCS you may call Kerri Kava, Assistant Director for Student Life at 701-671-2109.

Some webpage text taken from 2020census.gov in effort to educate our students about Census 2020.