Make the Census Count You
Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone living in the country, including college students like you. Your response to the 2020 Census will help make sure that Louisville has the funds and representation it needs to operate for the next decade.
The 2020 Census will influence our communities' funding and congressional representation. Information collected in the census will inform the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds for states and communities each year. That includes money for things like:
- Federal Pell Grants
- Adult education grants
- Agriculture, science, and engineering education
- Student wellness programs
- The Medical Assistance Program
- Community mental health services
By April 1, 2020, every address will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three easy options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail.
The 2020 Census marks the first time you can respond online—even on your mobile device. The online form is available in many different languages.
If I live in a residence hall, do I fill out a 2020 census form?
No, If you live in University-managed student housing, you will not need to complete a census form. The University is providing information for the Census for student living in University-managed residence halls. University-managed residence halls included:
- Bettie Johnson
- Billy Minardi Hall
- Cardinal Towne
- Community Park
- Kurz Hall
- Louisville Hall
- Med Dent at HSC campus
- Miller Hall
- Threlkeld Hall
- Unitas Hall
- University Pointe
- University Tower
If I live in a fraternity or sorority house on Unity Place, do I fill out the 2020 Census Form?
No, If you live in a fraternity or sorority house on Unity Place, you will not need to complete a census form. The University is providing information for the Census for student living in fraternity or sorority houses.
If I live off campus, do I fill out a 2020 Census form?
Yes. If you live off-campus (such as a private house, apartment complex, etc.), individually or with others, you should respond online, by phone, or by mail beginning in mid-March 2020. An invitation to participate in the 2020 Census will be sent to the address of the residence where you live. The census form should be completed with the information from all individuals living at your address, if possible.
You should count yourself at your off-campus address if you spend most of the year there, even if you spend some time elsewhere during school breaks.
What is considered off-campus?
Students not living University-managed housing are considered off-campus. For the purposes of the Census, the following complexes are also considered off-campus:
- The Clubhouse
- The Nine
- Park Place
- Station House
Because of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I left campus. What should I fill out on the census form?
If you were living in a University managed student housing, you don’t need to complete the census form. The University is providing information for all students who lived in University managed student housing. If you lived off campus, you should complete the census form as if you were still residing there. Even if you are home on census day, April 1, you should be counted where you live and sleep most of the time.
Does my parent/guardian count me in their household for the Census?
It depends on where you reside for the majority of the year:
- If you sleep at your parent/guardian residence most of the year, they should count you as part of the household.
- If you sleep in an University-managed residence hall or an off-campus residence most of the year, then your parent/guardian should not count you in the household.
What information is the university provided to the Census Bureau?
The university will provide a list of names and addresses for students who live in university managed housing. In addition, the university will provide tables of demographic information that counts the number of students in our residence halls that fall into the demographic categories that appear on the census questionnaire.
I’m not from the United States. Do I fill out the 2020 Census?
Yes. International students and persons who are non-resident of the United States should complete the 2020 Census. Fact Sheet for Immigrant and Foreign-Born Residents (PDF)
How is the census information used?
Your responses are used to redraw legislative districts and determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, schools, roads, and more. Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future. Handout for College Students (PDF)
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.
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not by ICE. 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. Confidentiality Fact Sheet (PDF)
What is asked on the 2020 Census?
You will be asked a few simple questions, like age, sex, and the number of people who live in your home, including children. The census will never ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to political parties. Sample Questionnaire (PDF)
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.
Do they ask about citizenship?
The 2020 Census does not ask for citizenship information. Sample Questionnaire (PDF)
|March 12-20||2020 Census Information sent to each address.|
|April 1||Complete the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail.|
|April/May||Census worker will contact individuals if the 2020 census form has not been completed.|