Starting this spring, the U.S. Census Bureau is collecting data on the number of people living in households across the country. San Jose State encourages all SJSU students to participate in the census for a variety of reasons. Please see below for frequently asked questions about the Census.
2020 Census Guide FAQ
What is the 2020 Census?
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in the U.S. as mandated in the Constitution. The count begins in mid-March and lasts through the summer.
Why does the 2020 Census matter?
For every person left uncounted, California could lose up to $1,000 per person each year for the next ten years. Completing your Census form helps ensure California receives funding for healthcare services, parks and roads that support your local community.
What questions are on the 2020 Census?
The Census is a simple and confidential 9-question survey that takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Questions include your name, address, gender, race, and age. The 2020 Census does not ask about your citizenship status or for your social security number, bank details, payment, or a donation.
How should I complete the questions on residence?
In general, count yourself at the U.S. residence where you live and sleep most of the time.
Tips on the Residence Question for Students
- Students who usually live in University Housing. Count yourself at SJSU, even if you are temporarily living elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- International and undocumented students. Count yourself at the U.S. residence where you live and sleep most of the time.
- Students enrolled in study-abroad programs. If you are living outside the U.S. on Census Day, April 1, 2020, do not count yourself in the stateside census. If you are back in the U.S., count yourself at the U.S. residence where you live and sleep most of the time.
- Students who are homeless or housing insecure. If you do not have a usual residence, count yourself where you are at the time of taking the census.
- More information available in the SJSU Counts Overview Slides.