2020 Census

Complete the Census Online Using Your School Address!

Make sure you are counted as part of the 2020 US Census!

Anyone residing in Milwaukee, WI throughout most of the year should be counted in Milwaukee, WI, whether they are a year-round resident, college student or international community member (regardless of citizenship status; see international citizenship section below). It’s also important to note that Census forms are 100 percent confidential; strict federal law protects Census responses.

Did you know that each person in the state of Wisconsin counted in the last census generated $1,600 in federal funding for the state? This totals to just under 13 billion dollars in federal funding. Getting counted informs where over $675 billion is distributed each year to communities nationwide for clinics, school, roads, and more.

Have a question about the 2020 Census that isn’t addressed on this page? Contact the Neighborhood Housing Office.

Complete the Census online here!

What is the Census?

In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting its decennial census – a constitutionally mandated headcount of everyone living in the United States. An accurate Census count is vitally important for local communities.

What do the Official Census Documents Look Like?

If you’re unsure of what the official Census documents look like, take a look at these sample references!




Take the 'Be Counted' Pledge

Pledge to be counted in the 2020 census and don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard. Wisconsin Voices, a partner of the Greater Milwaukee Complete Count Committee, is taking pledges from residents committed to completing the 2020 Census survey. By filling out and submitting their brief interest form you will be reminded to fill out your census survey when it is available and stay up to date on important information.

How to Complete The Census

The Census is available to complete online, by phone, or by mail.

If you prefer to complete the Census online, click the link here.

Census takers will visit homes in April to conduct quality check interviews, and then in mid-May to help collect responses. The best way to avoid a visit from a census taker is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail as soon as you receive your invitation to participate.

If someone visits your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.

If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact your Regional Census Center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

What to do if you're not sure if you've been counted

When in doubt, fill out the online census form and select that you do not have your census ID. The census bureau has a process in place to identify duplicates. It is better to be counted multiple times, than not counted at all!

Where do I count?

Students are to report their location at their “usual residence,” or “the place where [people] live and sleep most of the time.” That means college students should be counted in residence halls or their off-campus apartments or houses if that is where they reside most of the time. UWM University Housing residence halls residents should refer the University Housing officials for instructions on getting counted.

This is not be confused with how residency is determined for UW system tuition cost or state of Wisconsin residency.

Students should be counted wherever they are staying while at school regardless of:

  • whether or not they are claimed on their parents taxes
  • financial aid or FAFSA considerations or parental plus loan concerns
  • share car insurance policies with parents
  • whether or not they are homeless
  • whether or not they are on the lease or in violation of the City of Milwaukee Occupancy Ordinance (see Confidentiality section)
  • Citizenship status (It is safe for undocumented individuals to be counted! International students and students studying abroad should also get counted.)
  • parents counting their students at their home residence (It’s better to be counted twice than not counted at all. The Census Bureau has a system for identifying duplicates)
  • they move often or they just moved
  • Only a part-time Wisconsin resident and haven’t changed my ID, car registration, or plan to vote in your home state.

It’s also important to note that Census forms are 100 percent confidential; strict federal law protects Census responses.

Citizenship Status - Yes You Count!

The current version of the Census form does not have a citizenship question. At this point, there is no indication that the citizenship question will be added to the form. Individuals with international citizenship status should still fill out the Census form indicating where they live on April 1, 2020. Individuals are encouraged to fill out as much information as they feel comfortable sharing.

Why It's Important to Get Counted

Responding to the Census is not only an individual’s civic duty; it also affects how much federal funding that communities receive to support housing, education, transportation, employment, healthcare and more. Federal funding of approximately $1,600 per person, per year will be allocated to communities over the next 10 years for each person counted. An accurate Census count also helps communities to plan for the future (i.e. business attraction, neighborhood/housing improvements) and is essential for fair distribution of political representation.

Avoid Census Scams

Should you suspect fraudulent activity, please do the following

  • if you get mail:
    • check that the return address is Jeffersonville, Indiana
    • if you continue to question the authenticity of the letter or form call the Regional Office for your state to verify the household survey.  For business surveys please visit our Business Help Site or contact the National Processing Center
  • if someone calls your household to complete a survey:
  • if someone visits your residence to complete a survey:
    • check first for a valid U.S. Census Bureau ID badge
    • if you are still unsure then call the Regional Office for your state to verify you are in a legitimate survey and the visitor is a Census Bureau employee
  • if you get an e-mail and think it is bogus:
    • do not reply, do not click on any links, and do not open any attachments
    • forward the e-mail or website URL to the Census Bureau at ois.fraud.reporting@census.gov
    • delete the message.  We will investigate and notify you of the findings.

The Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • your full Social Security number
  • money or donations
  • anything on behalf of a political party
  • your full bank or credit card account numbers
  • your mother’s maiden name

Read more about avoiding scams during the census.

Sample Messaging Examples for Campus Partner Usage
Request Handouts or Flyers, Download UWM Branded Materials

Campus partners are encouraged and welcome to download and print UWM Branded Census marketing materials to distribute to their audiences.

Download UWM branded marketing materials.