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 We are all counting on you.

Take the U.S. 2020 Census.

Make your voice heard in the 2020 Census. It’s a safe and secure way to obtain $13 billion in funding for our state’s future. This money means better health care, schools, roads, job opportunities and more. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census is sent to every household in the country. The Census is a count of everyone residing in the U.S. The Census counts every person living in Alabama once, only once, and in the right place. It contains 10 simple questions and only takes six minutes to complete. Students are counted where they spend most of their time, which means that the majority of Auburn students will be counted in our community. Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, Auburn students temporarily living away from campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic should still be counted for the state of Alabama.

Don’t sit on the sidelines, Auburn Family. Show them that you count, and that Alabama counts by completing your 2020 Census form.

Why the Census counts
  • Many Alabamians directly benefit from the federal programs whose funding allocations are determined in part by Census data. In fact, every Alabamian counted in the 2010 Census brought $16,000 back to Alabama total over the last 10 years. Completing a 2020 Census form will help ensure that Alabama receives its fair share of funding.

  • The results of the Census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats Alabama gets. Alabama is currently at risk of losing a Congressional representative in the 2020 Census due to projected slow growth. That means one less voice for Alabama values at the federal level. We need maximum 2020 Census participation to retain our current Congressional representation.

Auburn University is counting on you
  • Lee County and Auburn University are growing. Completing the 2020 Census ensures our area receives the right share of federal resources which help federal, state and local leaders plan and allocate resources for the future.

  • The federal monies returned to Alabama support federal programs like: school lunches, Pell grants, SNAP-Ed, educational programs and grants, senior programs, head start and help fund infrastructure projects.

How to be counted

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census: internet, phone or mail. It only takes about six minutes to complete. Be counted and go to 2020Census.gov to fill out your Census survey.

2020 Census Frequently Asked Questions

In March, the U.S. Census Bureau will mail a packet to every Alabama household. It will include information on how to complete your census form in three ways:

  1. Online via computer or smart phone at my2020census.gov.

  2. Call a toll-free number and complete it over the phone with a U.S. Census Bureau employee.

  3. Call the toll-free number and request a traditional paper form.

The survey includes simple questions about age, sex and the number of people who live in your home. The 2020 Census will not ask for Social Security numbers, bank or credit card numbers, money or donations or anything related to political parties. If you are uncomfortable answering any of the questions, fill out as much of the survey as possible. You will still be counted.

Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, Auburn students temporarily living away from campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic should still be counted for the state of Alabama. If you live in a residence hall, on your behalf University Housing staff members will complete the Group Quarters survey with directory information about you. The Group Quarters is a portion of the U.S. Census for on-campus housing, nursing homes, and correctional facilities. Non-directory information will be provided in aggregate. No student information will be shared for those who indicated to keep their records confidential.

Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, Auburn students temporarily living away from campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic should still be counted for the state of Alabama. We advise to complete the 2020 Census online. If you own or rent off campus, count yourself at that address, even if you spend time in another state during university breaks. Remember to include you and all your roommates on the same form since the Census is counting the people in your “household.”

Count everyone living in your home as of April 1. That includes family members, children, renters or friends who live there most of the time.
No, this is not something your parents can do for you. Please fill out the 2020 Census on your own.
If your college student lives at home with you, count them as a part of your household. If they live on campus or have a place of their own, then they should be counted as part of that residence.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, if you’re an Auburn student residing in Alabama (regardless of in state or out of state status) then you’re an Alabama resident.
Yes. Everyone in the U.S. must be counted. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, if you’re residing in Alabama (regardless of in state or out of state status) then you’re an Alabama resident.
No. The information you submit will be basic household information and is private and will not be used against you in any way or for any other purpose. It is against the law for your information to be shared or used by another agency. The law, known as the “72-Year Rule,” also protects you.