Census 2020

The census asks questions that provide a snap-shot of the nation. Census results affect your voice in government, how much funding your community receives, and how your community plans for the future.

Every 10 years, everyone living in the United States gets counted in the census—once and in the right place.

 

Your Response Helps

  • Make sure that more than $675 billion in federal funds is directed each year to the right places to support education, health care, firefighting services, and more.
  • Determine how many seats your state gets in Congress.
  • Create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies, and build schools, roads and hospitals.

Losses If You Do Not Complete the Census

 

Your answers to the 2020 Census will impact funding decisions for the next 10 years for important local services in our communities, including:

  • Federal student loans
  • Legislation
  • Schools/Campus funding
  • Health clinics & social services
  • After-school programs
  • Public transportation
  • Roads
  • School lunch programs
  • Playgrounds
  • Community centers for seniors

Where You Count (International/ DACA)

  • If you are a college student living away from your parent's, you are the one who completes the census for everyone living with you in your off-campus college apartment or house. 
  • If you don't live in a dorm, count yourself at your off- campus address- even if you go to your parent's home for the breaks. This includes international students.

Early College Dual-Credit Student Message

  • Historically, the communities hardest to count are apartment renters, immigrants, children ages 0 to five, and young adults ages 18 to 24. Help make history by making sure your family is counted.

3 Ways to Complete the Census

Visit your college website for dates and locations to complete your 2020 Census survey on campus.

Relevant FAQ

Who is counted in the 2020 Census?

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States on April 1 — no matter where they are from, why they are here in the United States, and whether or not they are documented. This includes temporary workers, international students, and workers on assignment from overseas.

Will my information be kept safe?

Yes. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect the privacy and confidentiality of everyone who responds to the census. These protections ensure the personal information you provide cannot be used against you in any way.

The Census Bureau combines your responses with other responses to produce statistical summaries. It is against the law for the Census Bureau to disclose or publish any identifiable information about an individual or household. The penalty for violating this law is severe: a fine of up to $250,000, imprisonment for up to five years, or both.

By law, your personal information cannot be used against you or against anyone else by any government agency or court — and it can't be accessed by the police department, DHS, ICE, FBI or CIA.

The Census Bureau encrypts all responses submitted online and stored in its computers.

Resources

Visit the following websites to learn more about the Census.

United States Census 2020 website
Dallas County Census 2020 website