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The decennial census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

2020 United States Census - Overview

 

United States Census 2020The 2020 Census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the US 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.

 

How the census data helps you!

State Library of Ohio Census Resources

2020 Census

You need a part-time job?  The Census Bureau is hiring!

University Students

If a university student is residing in a campus residence on April 1, 2020, they will be counted by the University Residence Life and Housing staff. Students who live in off-campus housing will respond to the census along with all roommates. If a student is residing with their parents, family group, or with guardians on the date April 1, 2020, will be counted as part of that household. See below for more information.

If you live in campus/university housing:

  • You will not fill out a census form.
  • The Census Bureau classifies college dorms as "group quarters" and works directly with the university to get relevant information for students living on campus.
  • All you need to do is make sure those at your permanent address (like your parents) understand they should NOT include you on their form.

If you live off campus and away from your parents, family group, or guardians:

  • You will receive and fill out your own census form.
  • If you live with roommates, identify one person to be "Person 1" and fill out the form. Make sure all information provided about you (as "Person 2" or subsequent person) is correct.
  • If you have a separate permanent address (e.g. parents' house), make sure people at that address understand they should NOT include you on their form.

If you live with your parents, family group or guardians:

  • Someone at your address will need to fill out a census form, including information about you.

International Students

You count too!  The census collects basic information on where someone lives at a particular time and place, April 1, 2020.  While nationality and race are part of the questionnaire, there are no citizenship or visa status questions on the 2020 US Census form.  Privacy is of the utmost concern of the US Census Bureau.  More information on how the Census Bureau guards your privacy can be found hereThe law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

Will the Census form be available in other languages than English and Spanish?

Yes. You can respond online in English and in 12 additional languages: Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.

The online questionnaire conforms with the latest web accessibility guidelines. There will also be a video in American Sign Language to guide you through responding online.

They will also make help available by phone in those same languages. You can respond by phone in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese and Japanese.

If you live in campus/university housing:

  • You will not fill out a census form.
  • The Census Bureau classifies college dorms as "group quarters" and works directly with the university to get relevant information for students living on campus.

If you live off campus:

  • You will receive and fill out your own census form.
  • If you live with roommates, identify one person to be "Person 1" and fill out the form. Make sure all information provided about you (as "Person 2" or subsequent person) is correct.

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