Make your voice heard in the 2020 Census. It’s a safe and secure way to obtain federal 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 University of Montevallo students will be counted in our community. Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, Montevallo students temporarily living away from campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic should still be counted for the state of Alabama.
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.
The University of Montevallo is counting on you
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 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. Learn more about completing the Census here.
Discover the ways that the 2020 Census impacts the University of Montevallo, Shelby County and its residents and how your participation matters.
2020 Census Frequently Asked Questions
How does the 2020 Census work?
What will the 2020 Census ask me?
How are students living on campus counted?
How are students living off campus counted?
I’m a faculty and staff member, what do I do?
I’m a student, so can my parents do this for me?
I’m a parent of a student, what do I do?
What if I’m an out-of-state student?
What if I’m an international student and not a U.S. citizen? Do I participate in the 2020 Census?
Will the U.S. Census Bureau share my information?
Sounds good, can I take it now?
How does the 2020 Census work?
In March, the U.S. Census Bureau mailed a packet to every Alabama household. It included information on how to complete your census form in three ways:
- Online via computer or smart phone at my2020census.gov.
- Call a toll-free number and complete it over the phone with a U.S. Census Bureau employee.
- Call the toll-free number and request a traditional paper form.