April 1, 2020 was Census Day - but you have until September 30 to be counted. Your participation matters more than ever!
Off-campus Housing If you lived in off-campus housing on April 1 (or were no longer on or near campus on/before April 1 due to guidance from U-M or public health authorities), you should use your off-campus address (not permanent address) and follow the Census Bureau instructions for Responding to the 2020 Census without a Census ID number.
What is the census?
It happens once every 10 years and counts every person living in the U.S. and the five U.S. territories. It includes seven questions on participant demographics and is confidential.
People have been counted in the census every 10 years since 1790.
Why does it matter?
It provides data to inform how more than $675 billion in federal funds is spent annually to support resources such as schools, hospitals and fire departments.The results also are used to determine how many representatives each state has in Congress and inform the redrawing of congressional district boundaries.
Who is counted?
Everyone living in the U.S. on April 1, 2020 regardless of citizenship. All students, including international students, are encouraged to participate.
How do I participate if I live in a residence hall?
If you live on-campus, there’s nothing you have to do. How easy is that? You will be automatically counted.
What if I live OFF campus?
You want to respond to the Census with where you lived on April 1, 2020 (or would have been living if not for COVID-19). You don't need an invitation to be counted. You can:
- Do it right from your cell phone (details coming soon!)
- Online at 2020census.gov
- Wait for a Census taker to drop by your off-campus residence
- Respond to an invitation mailed to you
You can also answer by phone! There’s really no wrong way to be counted. Just be counted.
What if I live in a fraternity or sorority?
You're in luck. The Census will coordinate a point person in your house to handle all the counting for you.
Do I get counted based on where I live here, or my permanent address back home?
The Census is counting you based on where you are at the time you answer the Census. So, if you're enrolled for Winter Term, then you should answer the Census as an Ann Arbor resident at your student address.
What if my family counts me back home?
No worries. The Census will cross-reference and remove any duplicates. You’ll get counted just once.
What happens to my answers?
Your personal information is kept confidential. Federal law protects your information, and your data are used only for statistical purposes.
What will I be asked?
It includes seven questions on participant demographics.
Have additional questions? Visit 2020census.gov