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Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Understanding the 2020 Census: Census 101 and Census Help Desk

"Understanding the 2020 Census" is a series of Daily Bulletin posts meant to help educate the campus about the 2020 census. Please share this information with your colleagues, students, and neighbors. 

Census 101 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
The census is a count of all individuals living in the United States, regardless of age or citizenship status. This count has been done every 10 years since 1790. Beginning Thursday, March 12, households will have the opportunity to respond to the census survey online at or by phone. Most communities will not receive paper forms in the mail as they have in past census years. Data collected in the census affects many aspects of our daily life, including

  • how many students receive Pell Grants; 
  • federal funding for roads, bridges, and public transportation;
  • health-care services and programs offered within the community;
  • representation in the House of Representatives and state legislatures, as well as drawing the lines of school and legislative districts.

Census Help Desk
To educate and encourage participation, the Buffalo State Complete Count Committee has create a Census Help Desk. This resource will allow students, faculty, staff, and community members to ask questions and stop by to complete their census survey responses at locations throughout campus and the community. See where we will be on campus and in the community during the month of March. April dates will be released soon.  

Stay up to date on the latest information about the 2020 census on the Civic and Community Engagement website, on our Instagram profile, and with the hashtag #buffstatecounts.

Submitted by: Aurora M. Schunk
Also appeared:
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020