U-M & the Census

We're counting on you

More than $400 billion is allocated to states and communities based on the census count. Each student that is missed in the census costs a community about $10,000 over a decade. Stand up and be counted.

2010 Census Participation Rates – Local to National

Census Take 10 map

The Census Bureau has created an interactive map tool Take 10 map that allows stakeholders see “live” participation rates for their communities. Communities can add a tracking widget to their sites, which is updated late in the afternoon Monday - Friday.

The color gradient on the map ranges from blue (low) to orange (high).

Here are relevant participation rates for Ann Arbor as of Monday, April 5th at 4:00pm:

Geography Participation Rate
United States 60%
Michigan 67%
Washtenaw County 66%
Ann Arbor 65%

While Michigan and Ann Arbor compare favorably to other states and cities of over 100,000, the student-dominated census tracts in Ann Arbor lag the rest of the city:

Geography Participation Rate
Census tract 4001 51%
Census tract 4002 44%
Census tract 4004 68%
Census tract 4005 46%
Census tract 4022 47%

To keep up with these rates on a daily basis, visit our Participation site.

If you have not turned in your census questionnaire, Find it, Fill it Out, and Mail it Back. If you have lost your form, you can pick up a Be Counted form at a Questionnaire Assistance Center or after April 11, you can give your responses over the phone at 1-866-872-6868. Visit this link for more details.

The mail participation rate is the percent of forms mailed back by households that received them. It eliminates households whose forms were returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

U-M announces Census Video Contest winners

Winners of a video contest designed to boost student participation in the 2010 U.S. census were announced March 24 by the Institute for Social Research, which sponsored the contest along with the Office of the Provost. First Place with a prize of $1,000, "The Census on Michigan Time," submitted by the U-M College Democrats. Joe Sandman, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, producer; Sam Morykwas, LSA, technical editor; and Nina Bhatacharya, Public Policy; Brendan Campbell, Charlotte Keeler, Josh VeVasseur, Samuel Marvin and John Weiss, all LSA, actors.

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What you need to know

  • A student's census residence is where they live and sleep most of the time as of April 1, 2010, not their parents' home.
  • Students who are graduating and planning to leave the city, state or country where they go to school should still fill out the census form sent to their campus-area residence.
  • Students who are not U.S. citizens should complete and mail back the census forms they receive while at school.
  • Everyone in a student's household should be listed on the census forms as long as they have no other usual place of residence.
  • It doesn't matter who is listed as "head of household;" what matters is that everyone is counted, just once.
  • Census information is confidential and never shared with other government agencies, or with parents, who may not know about student living arrangements or roommates.
  • Parents of college students who live away from home during the academic year should not list students as household members on parental census forms.