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2020 Census: UCSF Counts

The 2020 Census is just around the corner. Filling out the census brings billions of dollars back to our community, ensures accurate data, and helps determine the number of decision makers representing our communities. Taking the census is simple, safe and important — make sure you count!

What is the census?

Census data is used to make sure government resources are allocated fairly and that everyone is represented equally in our political system. Your response brings funding for schools, highways, healthcare, social services, and housing in our community.


Why does the census matter?

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Federal Funding

As a member of our campus community, being counted now ensures that vital community resources are funded at appropriate levels for the next 10 years.

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Decision Makers

Your census participation aligns with UCSF’s commitment to civic engagement and determines the number of decision-makers representing us at the federal, state, and local level.

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Public Services

The census funds vital public services such as buses, schools, and hospitals. Help communities like ours receive the support we deserve and need.

How to take the census

There are a variety of ways to participate depending on where you live. It's important to note that, by law, your information cannot be shared with immigration, law enforcement, or social services agencies, and can ONLY be used to produce anonymous statistics. The census will NOT ask about your citizenship or immigration status.

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Living off Campus

You can complete the 2020 Census by phone, online or in person. You should be counted where you live or sleep most of the time.

Living in UCSF Housing

Those who live in UCSF Housing will be counted with help from housing staff.

How you can help

Promote the Census

Share the importance of the Census on social media (@CACensus #OurCommunityCounts #2020Census) and with friends, family, and colleagues. 

Staff the Census

UCSF will host Census locations on campus for the community. To get involved please email [email protected]. You can also apply to be a Census worker - with flexible hours and full and part time positions available:

Participate in the Census

In mid-March, each household will get a letter in the mail with how you can fill out the Census. For the first time, you’ll be able to take the Census online. Be sure to include any person living in your household, including all ages (kids and babies count too) and family or not. Take the Census:

Important dates

  • March 12: Census opens
  • March 12-April 30: Census invitations sent
  • March 12-October 31: Complete the census online


Get Out the Vote

Make your voice heard. Voting gives you the opportunity to influence who will represent your interests and what issues are important to you.

Join UCSF Advocates events around campus to learn more about what's on the ballot. Make sure you are registered to vote! 

Key Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: October 19, 2020
Click here to register to vote or update your registration

2020 Primary Election Day: November 3, 2020
Find your polling place

Visit for all election related events on campus in 2020. 



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