Census Update: COVID-19 and University Students
Due to college and university closings across the country, many students may be back home on census day, April 1. However, they should still be counted in Fayetteville according to the census residence criteria, which states that students should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time. This means that UA students who have returned to their parents’ homes during the pandemic should still use their student address to complete their census. Students living in University Residences will still be counted by the university in Fayetteville.
Drive-In Census Roundup
9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, August 22
Spring Street Parking Deck, Fayetteville
The City of Fayetteville is holding a drive-in census “round-up” from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 22, in the Spring Street Parking Deck, located at the corner of Spring Street and N. School Avenue in Fayetteville. The event will provide households with limited or no access to high-speed internet an opportunity to complete their 2020 census online, and earn a $10 Walmart gift card for participating.
The round-up will take place inside the Spring Street entrance to the parking deck. Participants will drive up, park in one of the reserved spaces on the ground floor of the deck, and a volunteer will provide each vehicle with an iPad with the census website already opened on it. Once participants have completed their questionnaire, they can show the completed form screen to the volunteers to receive a $10 gift card. (One gift card per household.) All iPads will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between each use, and staff, volunteers, and participants must wear masks.
The Census is Underway!
The 2020 Census has officially begun! Click here to complete the census for your household today!
What information do you need in order to complete the form?
All you need is the full name and birth date of each person living in your household. If you have received an invitation letter with a Census ID number, you will begin by typing that number into the website to log in.
What if I didn’t get a Census ID number yet?
No problem. If you have not yet received your invitation letter, you can click on "If you do not have a census ID, click here" under the Login button and use your address instead!
What is the Census?
The US Constitution requires that every 10 years, the federal government take a count, or a census, of America’s population.
We urge all Fayetteville residents to respond to the 2020 census. By law, all census information is kept confidential, and the census provides vital information that impacts our community.
- It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries.
- Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs, including new roads, schools, and emergency services.
- Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop.
- Each year, the federal government distributes hundreds of billions of dollars to states and communities based on Census Bureau data. Arkansas receives nearly $10 billion in federal funds every year, based on census information.
When does the Census begin and how do I fill it out?
Between March 12 and March 20, every household will receive a letter with a Census ID number and information about how to complete the census questionnaire. There are three ways to respond: by internet, by telephone, and on paper. You can respond in 12 non-English languages over the phone.
Click here to go through the form question-by-question to learn more about what is asked and why.
Who gets counted?
The goal of the Census Bureau is to count every person in the right place. Each household counts every person living in that residence on April 1, including newborn infants, and anyone with no permanent address who is living in the residence on April 1. Click here to view a brochure explaining how to count people in different living situations.
Are immigrants and non-citizens counted?
Yes. Everyone living in the US on April 1, 2020, gets counted, regardless of your residency or citizenship status. Vacationers from other countries are not counted. If you are a foreign-born resident of Fayetteville, please click here to visit the City of Fayetteville’s Welcoming Hub for census information specifically for foreign-born residents.
More Census Information
Sign up here to take the pledge to be counted and encourage others to be counted to help ensure a complete count for Fayetteville!