The 2020 Census in Oxford

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The 2020 Census is easy, important, and safe.

What is the Census?

Every ten years, America counts every person who is living in the country. The Census collects information that determines federal funding and congressional representation. 

The Census informs the allocation of $675 billion of federal funds. This funding is used for:

  • Health Clinics
  • Fire Departments
  • Federal Pell grants
  • Adult education programs
  • Agriculture, science, and engineering education
  • Student wellness programs
  • The Medical Assistance Program
  • Community mental health services

Your response to the 2020 Census will help make sure communities across the nation are accurately funded and represented for the next decade.

The Census is easy, safe, and important.

How do I fill out the Census?

That depends!


  • One person should fill out the Census for everyone living in the home. There are 3 ways you can take the Census: online, paper or via the phone.  


  • If you live on-campus, follow the university’s instructions when they are announced.
  • If you live off-campus you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. You should count yourself at your off-campus address, even if you spend time somewhere else during school breaks. You should only fill out ONE Census form per address, so decide which of your roommates is going to fill it out for your entire house or apartment!
  • If you are an international student, the same rules apply.

Timeline for the Census

Mid-MarchYou will receive a postcard in the mail inviting you to complete the census online.  The Census website opens March 12, 2020
AprilIf you haven’t responded online, you will get a paper version of the Census form.  There will be multiple reminders mailed between March and April.
MayIf you have yet to respond, the Census Bureau will send a representative to your residence to conduct the Census in person.

The Census Bureau will never ask you for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Your bank or credit card account numbers.

Want to get involved?

Visit to help make sure our city gets an accurate count! The job features competitive wages, flexible schedules, and the opportunity to play a part in your community’s history.

For further information, visit or the Miami University Census 2020 page.