The U.S. Census is something we hear a lot about, but why should we take time to fill it out? Every ten years, the Census provides law makers and governing bodies with information about different communities and the entire U.S. population. Based on the responses, funds will be allocated to areas of need in each community, such as making more space in crowded school systems, mapping out effective 911 emergency systems, and alleviating traffic congestion. It’s a good idea for all U.S. residents to fill out the Census, and this includes students! 

Although many college students move away from their college town after graduation, they should still be counted while living there during a census year. Whether you’re living in student housing, or an off-campus house or apartment, be sure to fill out the census with your current college town address. It’s important that every student is accounted for. Just like permanent residents of college towns, students use roads, buildings, etc. – ensure that your college town will receive what it needs for future students! The results of the Census will have effects on the college town for the next 10 years, and will determine how much federal funding that community will receive. 

Luckily, the 2020 Census year is the first time people can fill out the form online. Although options to fill it out by phone or mail are still available, filling it out digitally is far easier for this generation of college students. Fill out the U.S. Census before October 31st, 2020. 

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