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Five Ways the Census Can Shape the Future for 2020 Grads

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! From finding a job to continuing your education, here's how the 2020 Census can shape your next decade.

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Graduations may look a little different this year, but whether you're finishing college or wrapping up high school, you have still reached a major milestone.

As you look ahead to what comes next, take a moment and make sure you've been counted in the 2020 Census. The results will help shape the next 10 years—and this is a big decade for you!

Do you have questions about completing your 2020 Census?

Visit Who to Count for guidance on how to complete the 2020 Census.

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Whether you are a high school or college student, your circumstances will determine where you are counted in the 2020 Census:

  • Boarding school students below the college level should be counted at the home of their parents or guardians.
  • Students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.
  • College students who live away from home should be counted at the on- or off- campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are at home on April 1, 2020. This includes students who are home early because of the COVID-19 situation.
  • Students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.
  • College students who live away from home should be counted at the on- or off- campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are at home on April 1, 2020. If they live in housing designed for college students (such as dorms, or apartments with “by-the-bed” leases), they will be counted as part of the Group Quarters Operation. If they live off campus in housing that is not designed for college students (such as a private house or apartment), they should count themselves at that address.
  • High school or college students who are living or studying abroad outside the United States on April 1, 2020, are not counted in the census.
  • Students who are no longer living abroad are counted where they are living in the U.S. on April 1.
  • If someone such as a college student is just living with you temporarily due to the COVID-19 situation, they should be counted where they ordinarily would be living on April 1, 2020.
  • Foreign students living and attending school in the United States should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
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Continuing Your Education

Every year, Pell Grants make it possible for millions of students to continue their education beyond high school.

The federal government uses census data to help plan billions in funding for the Federal Pell Grant Program. These need-based grants help students pursue undergraduate degrees, teaching certifications, and certificates in fields such as cosmetology.

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Finding a Job

Are you searching for a job? Starting your own business?

Businesses rely on census data to make critical decisions throughout the year. And that data is more important than ever, shedding light on where to open new locations, what products to sell, and where to hire more workers. As you choose your career, census data can help with that too.

And don't forget—we're hiring! Boost your resume with a 2020 Census job and help your community get counted in the process.

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Getting to That Job

Once you've got the job, you'll eventually have to commute to work. Census results can help you get there.

The data from the 2020 Census will help communities make transportation plans, including roads, bus routes, and subway lines. In fact, census results help federal lawmakers decide how to allocate billions of dollars for highway planning and construction, plus millions more for planning metropolitan transit.

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Moving Into Your New Home

For many, starting a new chapter will mean eventually finding a new address.

Wherever your new home is, that community has been shaped by the census.

Community leaders use census results to plan for housing, clinics, fire departments, roads and schools, and more.

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Planning for the Future

The results of the 2020 Census will impact the next 10 years.

That means, whatever the next decade has in store for you, the census could play a role. Starting a career. Starting a family. Even staying safe in the event of a disaster.

Census results will shape the future for businesses. They will inform planning and funding for hospitals, healthcare programs, and Head Start. And they will help communities stay prepared for emergencies, and whatever else the future may hold.

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Shape your future. Start here.

As you begin your next chapter, make sure you've been counted in the 2020 Census. It's a great way to start the journey ahead.


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Average Travel Time to Work in the United States by Metro Area. Retrieved from census.gov.

Visit data.census.gov to explore more data about the nation's people and economy.

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