TikTok for the 2020 Census
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Census Day is just around the corner. On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will count every person living in the United States.
We need your help spreading the word.
So, why does the census matter? How can you help and what’s this prize we mentioned?
Put simply, the information from the census has a major impact on the funding Nebraska communities get for education, health care, transportation, and many other critical services for the next 10 years.
It’s a big deal.
We want to let Nebraskans know how important the 2020 Census is and spread that critical info through TikTok and other social media platforms. That’s where you come in.
We are hosting a contest, exclusive to UNO students, to see who can make the best #2020Census TikTok. The top prize is $350 with other prizes for twelve runner-ups. So flex that creative muscle, get some extra spending money, and support your community.
To create the winning TikTok you need to know more about the 2020 Census. You will find lots of information below or visit 2020census.gov.
You also need to read the Contest Rules and Guidelines for Submission to find out how to enter the contest. The deadline is April 1, 2020.
Simply put, it is a head count of every person living in the United States. Want to know more? Watch this video about the 2020 Census.
- The count determines the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts (like the Nebraska Unicameral). Watch this short video to learn more about redistricting.
- The results inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and SNAP/food stamps. Watch this short video on how census results can have an impact on your community.
- Lawmakers, business owners, and many others use census data to make critical decisions about where to build new schools, medical clinics, and roads and about where to locate businesses and other services for families, older adults, and children. Watch this short video on how business owners rely on census results to make decisions.
People and communities benefit the most when everyone is counted.
It assures equal representation at the federal, state, and local levels.
It establishes Nebraska' portion of all federal funding for the next 10 years. For every resident that is missed, Nebraska loses out on over $20,000 of federal funds over the next 10 years. That means either less services or increased local taxes to pay for required services.
To learn more, read our infographic on Why the 2020 Census is Important to Nebraska.
To learn more about why the participation of all communities is crucial, read this blog post: On the Importance of Counting Nebraska Latinos in the 2020 Census.
- College students who are living at home should be counted at their home address.
- College students who live away from home in an off-campus residence should be counted at their off-campus residence, even if they are at home on April 1, 2020.
- College students who live away from home in an on-campus residence (like a dorm) will be counted in a special process for group quarters. Each group quarter will have an administrator that responds to the 2020 Census on behalf of the residents through an enumeration method best suited for the facility.
- U.S. college students who are living and attending college outside the United States are not counted in the census.
- Foreign students living and attending college in the United States should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
If you live in group quarters, such as on-campus housing or military baracks, check with the facility administrator to find out the process for your facility.
Each housing unit will receive an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census beginning in mid-March. One person in the household will likely response for the entire household. That person can respond online, by phone, or use a paper questionnaire (available in braille and in large print). If no responsed is received, a census taker will visit the household to ask the questions and record the responses in person (in ASL or the language of your choice). Find out more about the options.
The first three questions ask about the number of persons in the household and the type of housing. The fourth question requests a telephone number to be used only for official Census Bureau business.
There are five questions about each person in the household. These questions are:
- First and last name.
- Age and date of birth.
- Whether of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.
- Race (White, Black, Asian, etc.)
For all persons except the one responding, there are two additional questions:
- Does this person usually lives or stays somewhere else.
- How is this person is related to the person completing the questionnaire.
- The 2020 Census will not ask about citizenship. Here's an infographic on Why the 2020 Census Will Not Ask About Citizenship [Spanish version].
- The 2020 Census will not ask for your social security number, a credit card number, or bank account number.
Yes, your data is safe and secured by several state-of-the-art systems.
- The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential.
- The Census Bureau follows industry best practices and federal requirements to protect your data.
- The security of Census Bureau systems is a top priority and its IT infrastructure is designed to defend against and contain cyberthreats.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe.
- Avoid online scams. The Census Bureau will not ask for your social security number, your bank account, your credit card number, or for money or donations.
- If someone visits your home, verify their identity. Census Bureau workers will have an identification badge with their photograph, an U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
- If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak to a local Census Bureau representative.
To learn more visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.
- Stay up to date on the 2020 Census via social media channels.
- Work for the Census Bureau. Apply at www.2020census.gov/jobs.
- Volunteer with your Local Complete Count Committee.
- View the Nebraska 2020 Census website.