Be Counted: It Matters! Respond to the 2020 Census

The goal of the 2020 Census is to count everyone living in the U.S. on April 1, 2020, and to count them where they usually live and sleep. In mid-March we will begin to receive invitations to respond to the 2020 Census, and in April Census workers will visit locations of groups like students living on college campuses. College students, including international students, should be counted at their on- or off-campus residences, even if they are elsewhere on April 1. U.S. college students who are living and attending college outside the U.S. are not counted in the Census. More information about who is counted where is at

The U.S. Government has been conducting this once-per-decade, Constitutionally-required count of the United States population since 1790. The numbers collected are important to all of us! They are used to distribute billions of dollars of federal funding to states and communities, set the number of Congressional seats for each state, and provide statistics that are used by state governments, communities, schools, businesses, social service agencies, researchers, and more. To learn more about the impact of the Census in our communities, see

Once an invitation to respond to the Census is received, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Your personal information is kept confidential, and your data is combined with data from other households to provide statistics. Your home and the people in it will not be identified. You will not be asked for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card information, or citizenship. You may preview the questions at

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Andersen Library is a federal depository library with federal government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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