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Census on Campus 2010

May 27, 2009

Next year is a census year. And as a part of the Census on Campus awareness campaign, UNH wants to help educate students, staff, faculty and parents about the importance of completing the 2010 Census, and tell them how and where to fill it out.

Students have to fill out the census in late March/early April at their dorms and off-campus housing; parents do not include their children who are at college. Usually, parents and students are unaware of this procedure. Consequently, when students go uncounted, this affects the distribution of federal dollars that provide services on and near campus, and it impacts the number of representatives who speak for UNH students in government.

The Census: A Snapshot:

What: The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States.

Who: All U.S. residents must be counted—people of all races and ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens.

When: Census Day is April 1, 2010. Questionnaire responses should represent the household as it exists on this day.

Why: The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years to update state population counts and determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

How: Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to residential addresses in March 2010. Individual census questionnaires will be delivered to on-campus housing in April and May 2010; census takers coordinate with Residence Life and housing staff to distribute and collect these forms.

A Complete Count: The Importance of Census Data

Every year, more than $300 billion in federal funds is allocated to states and communities based on census data. That’s more than $3 trillion over a 10-year period.

Census data affect college tuition grant and loan programs.

Census data inform decisions about funding for critical services in your academic community, like transportation, public safety, medical care, and road repairs.

Census data inform and support important research done by college faculty, students, librarians, and community leaders.

Census data affect your voice in Congress, as well as the redistricting of state legislatures and local voting districts.

Quick, Easy and Confidential

With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire is one of the shortest questionnaires in history and takes just 10 minutes to complete. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s census questionnaire responses with anyone, including other governmental agencies, courts, and law enforcement entities.

 


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