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U.S. Government Information: Census 2020

Guide to information resources by and about the federal government.

Census 2020 Resources

The information below applies to all UCSD students, including international students

If you live in campus/university housing:

  • You will not fill out a census form.
  • The Census Bureau classifies college dorms as "group quarters" and works directly with the university to get relevant information for students living on campus.
  • All you need to do is make sure those at your permanent address (like your parents) understand they should NOT include you on their form.

If you live off campus and away from your family:

  • You will receive and fill out your own census form.
  • If you live with roommates, identify one person to be "Person 1" and fill out the form. Make sure all information provided about you (as "Person 2" or subsequent person) is correct.
  • If you have a separate permanent address (e.g. parents' house), make sure people at that address understand they should NOT include you on their form.

If you live with your family:

  • Someone at your address will need to fill out a census form, including information about you.

Verifying a Census Survey Employee

Those in the San Diego area can call the Los Angeles Regional Census Center at 213-314-6500 to confirm identity of a census taker, if there are safety concerns.

Additional information on verifying a census employee, mailing, or phone call may also be helpful.

How you will be "invited" to participate in the 2020 Census

Between March 12-March 20, most households will receive in the mail an invitation to participate along with information on how to respond online or by phone. Households in areas less likely to respond online may also receive paper questionnaires at this time, along with an invitation to respond online or by phone.

If you have not responded, periodic reminders will be mailed until April 3.

If you have still not responded, a reminder and paper questionnaire will be delivered by mail between April 8-April 16.

Final reminders will be mailed between April 20-April 27. After that, the Census Bureau will follow up in person.

What questions are on the form?

See sample form from the Census Bureau; note that there is NOT a question about citizenship

The individual filling out the form ("Person 1") will be asked:

  • “How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2020?”
  • “Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2020 that you did not include in Question 1?”
  • “Is this house, apartment, or mobile home owned by you or someone in the home / rented / occupied without payment of rent?"
  • Telephone number
  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age & Date of birth
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race

Questions about additional people in the household are:

  • Name
  • Does this person usually live or stay somewhere else
  • Relationship to Person 1
  • Sex
  • Age & Date of birth
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race