Census on Campus
September 2, 2009
In support of the Census on Campus Awareness Campaign, UNH officials are encouraging
faculty, staff, and students to complete the 2010 Census.
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
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
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