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In December 2019, MSU Denver was awarded a grant to help inform the campus and local community about the 2020 Census and why it's important to participate in it. Along with several community partners - Denver Health, Denver Human Services, City & County of Denver HRCP, Lutheran Family Services, Montebello 2020, Revision and Uno Mano, Uno Esperanza - the University will hire Census Outreach Fellows to conduct Census education on Auraria Campus as well as reach out to hard-to-count areas and linguistically diverse communities around Denver.


Why is the Census so important?

Every 10 years since 1790, the U.S. counts its population. The results determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, help local officials redraw congressional, legislative and school districts and help lawmakers allocate federal funding to emergency services, road construction, schools like MSU Denver and other important public services. 

Population changes from the last decade help the federal government plan for the next decade for urban and rural communities alike. The Census help ensure that communities large and small are seen, heard, reflected and represented. 


Census news

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MSU Denver is hiring Census Outreach Fellows

Dec. 11, 2019

The student positions pay $18 per hour and focus on campus and community education. Resumes are due by Dec. 18.
A busy Auraria Campus

Census 2020 explained

Feb. 13, 2020

Here's what you need to know about changes to America's decennial census, what's at stake and why we do it in the first place.


March 12 - 20, 2020

Households will begin receiving Census mail with information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail.

March 30 - April 1, 2020

April 1 is the official Census Day. By this date, every home must have received an invitation to respond. During this time, the Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness.

April - July 2020

Census takers will visit college students who live on campus, people in senior centers and other large groups of people. They'll also visit homes that haven't responded to make sure everyone is counted.

March 31, 2021

By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I respond to the 2020 Census?

By April 1, 2020, every home in the country will receive an invitation to participate. Once received, you can submit your Census by mail, by phone or online.


Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes, the Census Bureau is required by law to protect your info and only use your data for statistical purposes. The Census Bureau will never ask you for your Social Security number, money or donations, your political affiliation or your bank or credit card numbers. Be aware of common fraud and scams associated with the Census.


If I live with my parent(s), do I still need to submit my own Census?

No. Students living with their parent(s) will be counted as part of their household and should not self-respond.


How do I respond if I live in university housing?

Students who live in university housing are counted as living in Group Quarters and should not self-respond using the methods households do. MSU Denver is deciphering which units near campus such as Campus Village, the Regency or Auraria Student Lofts count as Group Quarters.


How do I respond if I'm homeless?

It depends. If you're crashing on a friend's couch, you should count yourself as part of their household. Other circumstances include:

  • Emergency shelters: People living in emergency and transitional shelters should be counted at the shelter.
  • Transitory locations: Census takers will visit each transitory location (RV parks, campgrounds, hotels, boats, etc.) at a scheduled time between April 9 and May 4, 2020 to conduct interviews.
  • Visit for additional information.


How can I encourage others to complete the Census?

When you complete the Census, post a selfie or screenshot on social media with the hashtag #AurariaCounts. You’ll also become eligible for a weekly prize ($20 Amazon gift card) and grand prize ($100 Amazon gift card) from the Auraria Campus Complete Count Committee.

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