Students living away from home should complete their own Census forms

February 16, 2010

University Park, Pa. — Penn State students, along with the rest of the United States' population, will begin receiving their 2010 Census forms in the mail this March. Students in campus residence halls will receive an individual census form from their resident assistants (RA).

It is important that students who are not living with their parents while at school fill out their own Census forms. The Census, taken once every 10 years, is meant to be a snapshot of how many people are living in the United States and where they are living. That means the place you live on April 1, 2010 is your residence for the Census. Parents and guardians should not include their students living away from home on their Census forms. Unless a student lives at home and commutes to school, he or she should fill out their own census form for his or her current location.

Even international students who are not U.S. citizens should complete the Census form. Penn State students from out of state should use their Pennsylvania addresses to complete the Census.

The Census determines how many people a community has, and therefore is a determining factor for how much federal money those communities receive for vital services such as hospitals, schools, emergency services, public works projects and public transportation. Returning the form by April 1 also saves many millions of dollars of taxpayer money that would be needed for follow up by census takers.

Count Centre County, a community outreach project by Penn State students competing in the Public Relations Student Society of America's Bateman Competition, is hosting two upcoming events to answer questions and provide information about the importance of the Census. The group will host 2010 Census Trivia Night at 9 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Rotelli, 250 E. Calder Way in State College and a 2010 Census Celebration at Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College, on Feb. 28.

For more information on the 2010 Census and local events, visit

Temporary jobs, starting at $11.75 per hour, with the local census effort also are available to members of the community, including students. For more information on how to apply, visit or call (866) 861-2010.

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Last Updated September 16, 2010