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Census 2020

Census 2020 and Covid-19

Per the Census Bureau’s 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 the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the COVID-19 Press Kit to learn more.

Fact Sheet on Counting College Students

Census Bureau Statement on Modifying 2020 Census Operations to Make Sure College Students are Counted

Virginia Hyer from the U.S. Census Bureau's Public Information Office explains that college students that normally live.

Census Jobs

Learn more about Census jobs at

Information for Students


  • College students who are living at home should be counted at their home address. 
  • College students who live away from home should count themselves at the non-university/college residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are home on April 1, 2020.*
  • U.S. college students who are living and attending college outside the United States are not counted in the census.
  • International students living and attending college in the United States should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.

*If you live in a dorm, university owned housing, or university recognized fraternity and sorority housing - do not fill out a form! A representative from your building will submit your information to the Census Bureau.

These language guides will help respondents complete the 2020 Census.

Guides will also be available in braille and large print.

Please note that some languages may not display properly if the specific font is not installed. Contact us at the phone number or link below for more information.

Census and Native Americans

2020 Census Snapshot for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Explains the 2020 Census, why it is important, and answers FAQs for AIAN tribes and communities.

Handout for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
Describes why the 2020 Census is important for urban AIAN communities and how to respond.
Census Forms in multiple languages
According to Us
It is important for all American Indians and Alaska Natives to participate in the 2020 Census. It is our time to rise and show u

Privacy and Safety

There are laws to protect the privacy of people who fill out the Census survey.

“By law, personally identifiable information collected for a decennial census is released to the public after 72 years.”- U.S. Census

“Violating the confidentiality of a respondent is a federal crime with serious penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.”-U.S. Census

Learn more about How the Census Bureau Protects Your Data

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.

How to verify a mailing is from the Census Bureau

How to identify a Census Bureau field representative

How to identify a phone call from the Census Bureau


What is the Census?

North Dakota Census 2020

North Dakota has a website on the importance of the Census, with additional information.

"It is easy to understand the importance of the census when you look at the financial figures. In fiscal year 2015, $1.45 billion in federal funds were allocated to programs in North Dakota based upon resident count from Census 2010 and subsequent annual population estimates. These programs include: Medicaid, highway construction, Head Start, Foster Care, SNAP, Low Income Energy Assistance, Special Education and other programs. That means approximately $1,910 in federal funds per resident was spent that year. Of all the statistics we live with, the census count is one of the longest-lasting as the census occurs only once every 10 years." -ND Census 2020

Why the Census matters

"Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP."- US Census

Data from the 2010 Census led to our state getting $1,810,322,991 through federal programs in 2016.

Counting for Dollars 2020

Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, or offices, where to expand operations, where to recruit employees, and which products and services to offer.
Can Census Bureau Data Drive Business Growth and Job Creation?


How Does the 2020 Census Affect Congressional Representation?
How Does the 2020 Census Affect Congressional Representation?

The Census Questions

You can see what the questions are and why they are asked here.