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Thank You!

Thank you for participating in the Census this year. UC Berkeley's participation rate increased dramatically over the 2000 Census. These results will help provide more federal funding and support to all Berkeley residents, including Cal students.

All drawing winners have been notified by e-mail earlier this summer. Have a great summer!

Count Yourself In

The 2010 Census will take place in March and April and it's important to you, the community, and the University that you complete and return your Census form.

The Census counts everyone who lives in the United States — both citizens and noncitizens.

What do you need to know?

  • It's easy. 10 questions, 10 minutes.
  • It's important. Information gathered helps determine grant and loan programs, transportation issues and where to build new schools and hospitals
  • It's safe. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your information with anyone.

If you live off campus, look for your form in the mail mid-March. If you live on campus, your form will be delivered in mid-April.

Census Basics

The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States.

All U.S. residents must be counted—both citizens and non-citizens.

Students living in off-campus housing will receive their questionnaire in March 2010 either by U.S. mail or hand delivery. Students living in on-campus housing will receive their forms in mid-April 2010 as part of the "Group Quarters" count.

The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years to count the population and determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Households should complete and mail back their questionnaires upon receipt. Special collection events will be held on the UC Berkeley campus in March and April as well. Households that do not respond may receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census takers will visit households that do not return questionnaires to take a count in person.

Top Five Reasons to Fill Out Your Census Form

  1. Education — Cal grants and many other education programs are funded through the more than $400 billion that the federal government will divide based on the Census count.
  2. Money — Each person counted in the Census is worth $10,000 over 10 years in federal funds to
  3. the City of Berkeley. These funds will be used to provide vital services such as transportation, schools, and hospitals.
  4. Jobs — The Census helps employers understand where the next generation of workers is coming from. Census data influences recruitment and marketing efforts.
  5. Data — Many of the scientific research projects UC Berkeley depend on Census data. University students and faculty use Census information for reports, statistical profiles and other research projects.
  6. Representation — Congressional seats are given to states based on the Census count. Accurate Census counts ensure that your voice will be heard.

UC Berkeley's Census efforts are sponsored by: