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