Census 2020 Resources

October 3, 2019

Census 2020 is right around the corner.  The National Census is eager to work with campuses to support the 2020 census through their national Partnership Program Team. Regional and local teams are available to work with individual college campuses as well as college networks and will provide local and regional support such as sending a partnership specialist to an event to speak about the census. Go to this website to find the regional office that services your area. Additionally, the partnership website has resources and materials that campuses or other partners can easily and quickly re-distribute.

Here are some other resources that explain the importance of the census and how individuals living in group quarters are counted and provide information on census job recruitment.

Campus Compact Census 2020 Resource Hub

National Campus Compact has compiled a resource hub that provides essential information and resources about the 2020 Census for institutions of higher education. From “why does the census matter?” to “what can we do?” – this site will answer your census 2020 questions!


Compact Nation Podcast on Census

Compact Nation Podcast kicked off its fourth season with an episode on Census 2020, “Does this Census Spark Joy?”  Listen in as they discuss the importance of the census through a conversation with Susan Brower, the Minnesota State Demographer.


Campus Census Webinar

This webinar, Engage the 2020 Census: Resources for the Whole Campus, will help faculty develop course plans, and staff create programming that will bring the census to life.



Group Dialogue Guide

This dialogue guide, We all count. But will we all be counted? was created for a small group (4-8 people) to explore issues around the 2020 Census.



Stand Up and Be Counted

A resource site from the New England Literacy Resource Center to help adult educators support students to stand up and be counted in the 2020 census.

Maps of Hard to Count (HTC) Communities

Interactive maps of hard to count communities for a fair and accurate 2020 census.

Group Quarters Overview

The US Census Bureau provides the website to provide more information on how group quarters are counted.

Keeping Up With… 2020 Census

The Association of College and Research Libraries has put out a current awareness publication on the census, and a YouTube video on partnerships.

Overview of Census Job Recruitment 

The US Census Bureau is looking for 500,000 enumerators for 2020. Jobs include both full-time and part-time Census Takers (also called Enumerators) and Field Supervisors which are available all over the country and office clerical and supervisory positions at approximately 40 offices throughout the country. Click here for more information on locations and pay.  The recruitment period for census jobs runs from September 2019 to February 2020.  Census Taker Training will be held next March and April. Work will begin in March and run through July. Job offers and background checks will begin in January.

Basic qualifications include:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have a valid email address.

Click here for a full list of requirements. Here is the link to apply online.

The Census provides a Census Job Recruitment Toolkit.

The American Library Association has a tip sheet about Census hiring that you can share with your campus libraries.