Census Count Targets College Students


If you’re living at college, the United States Census Bureau has a form they want you to fill out. Specifically, that form is the decennial census, something your parents are familiar with and previously included your name and personal information, but no longer are allowed to do so.

college studentsThat’s because as far as the federal government is concerned you aren’t living with your parents or at least you aren’t on the date that everyone is being counted: April 1, 2010. Even if you have plans to move back home for the summer or upon graduation, you’re on your own as far as the census people are concerned.

Census Day

This past Thursday was National Census Day, marked as the date when people were to return their completed forms. Lots of students missed that deadline with some not even aware of it or they may have assumed that they were included on their parent’s form.

Students who live in a fraternity or sorority house, residence hall, dormitory or other college housing should have received a form to fill out. Students living in a rented home or apartment with roommates will get one form to fill out with that form including each occupant.

Some students don’t seem to realize that it is their constitutional obligation to participate in the census count. Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to carry out the census in “such manner as they shall by Law direct.” That authorization is our once every ten years or decennial census.

Online Form

Given that today’s college student was born and raised in a high tech environment the logical question being asked by many, “Can I fill out my form online?” is a reasonable one. Unfortunately, that option is not yet available. The census bureau says they are experimenting with an online response which could be rolled out in the future, but doesn’t apply for 2010.

What sort of questions are being asked? That’s easy: your name, gender, race, ethnicity, and whether you sometimes live somewhere else. The person heading up the household indicates how many people are living there and whether that dwelling is a house, apartment, or mobile home. Lastly, you will be asked to supply a telephone number for census workers to follow up if any information is deemed incomplete or missing.

The Census folks will continue to make sure that everyone is counted even though the deadline has passed. With some students on spring break and others taking mid-terms, many have been missed. If you’re living on or around campus, expect to see increased activity by census workers to ensure that everyone has been counted.

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