Census 2020

Be Counted. Census 2020 coming in April.

Be Counted! Make sure you are counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. 

Because of COVID-19, the Census count has been extended until October 31. If you haven’t been counted already, please complete the Census based on where you were supposed to be living on April 1, 2020.

What is the Census? 

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. The census is conducted every 10 years by the U.S. Census Bureau. Data collected by the census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in federal funds to local communities.

Why is the Census important?

Federal Funding

An accurate count will mean more federal funding for health and education programs in North Carolina.

In 2016, North Carolina received almost $24 billion through federal programs guided by census data. This includes money for:

  • Nutrition and agriculture assistance programs
  • Science and engineering education
  • Special education grants to states
  • College grants and loans
  • Title I elementary and secondary education grants
  • Student wellness
  • Community mental health services

Political Representation

North Carolina is on a cusp of meeting the threshold for an additional congressional seat. 

The results of the census: 

  • Determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

UNC Charlotte and University City

A complete count will improve the quality of life for students, faculty, and staff.

An accurate count is important to UNC Charlotte because Census data guides decisions about:

  • Allocation of federal funding for college financial aid 
  • The location of public transportation routes, healthcare facilities, and schools, and voting precincts
  • Market research for the establishment of new businesses in the University area

Faculty and students also use census data in research, so a complete count is important for using evidence and drawing accurate conclusions. 

College students are historically undercounted in the U.S. Census. Be proactive and be counted! Fill out the survey in April.

When should you complete the Census?

The United States Census will take place in April 2020. We are encouraging all students to complete the census online, over the phone, or by mail before May 1.

How will you complete the Census?

1. Live on-campus in a Residence Hall

Although most students are no longer living on campus because of COVID-19 protection policies, UNC Charlotte will still include you in the census group that the university provides to census takers. You will not complete an individual census form.

2. Live in off-campus housing not owned or managed by the university

You will complete the Census 2020 form using your off-campus address, even if you spend time somewhere else during school breaks or are staying somewhere else because of COVID-19. You should complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. 

3. Live with your family

Your family will count you in their Census 2020 submission.

How will you be counted infographic

What questions are on the U.S. Census?

Here is a sample version of the 2020 U.S. Census.