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About the 2020 Census

2020 US census logoIt’s time to stand up and be counted! The 2020 Census is here, and Stony Brook University is actively engaged in raising awareness and encouraging participation.

The University is a member of the Long Island 2020 Census Complete Count Committee, along with approximately 150 other agencies, schools and community leaders across Nassau and Suffolk.

For our campus, the SBU 2020 Census Complete Count Committee was formed with a cross-campus team of Census ambassadors working together to share messaging throughout the spring and summer for students, employees and visitors.

Every person counts, whether you’re 1 day old or 100 years old. An undercount could lead to reduced representation for New York State in Washington, DC and Albany, decreased service for schools and healthcare, and fewer funds for infrastructure and road repairs.

The stakes are high. The  data will help determine how $675 billion gets distributed to states and localities. Everyone needs to be counted to get the area’s fair share.

Beware of scams and opportunistic surveyors. The 2020 Census is easy to complete. View the sample form to see the questions being asked. The form does NOT ask for your social security number, political affiliation, mother’s maiden name or citizenship. The Census does NOT ask you to make a donation.

The Census Bureau is required by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your responses confidential and protected.

In addition, representatives from the Census have been on-campus recruiting students and employees to be Census takers for part-time jobs. The positions pay $23.50 an hour, with paid training, mileage reimbursement and flexible hours.

The Census counts its population every 10 years are required by the Constitution, and has been doing so since 1790.

Census Day is April 1, 2020. The form can be completed before or after that date by mail, phone, or online. All people are counted wherever they are living on April 1, 2020.

Complete the 2020 Census to have your voice heard.  EVERY person counts.


For questions on the SBU 2020 Census Outreach, contact: Joan Dickinson, Community Relations Director, 631.632.9117, #CountMeIn

Want to get involved? View outreach materials to engage with your community about the Census.