Counting everyone in the 2020 Census is not an easy task and children are frequently among the most undercounted population. You might not have thought much about the census in the past, but participating in it is more important for Troy City Schools and its students than you may realize.

Census count to end on October 15

After some back and forth regarding the deadline of the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau announced it will keep accepting responses online at through Oct. 15 until 11:59 p.m. Hawaii time. The bureau has also set Oct. 15 as the postmark deadline for paper forms, as well as the end date for collecting phone responses and door knocking at unresponsive households.
How does the 2020 Census affect our schools and students?

Your responses to the 2020 Census determines how much of $675 billion in federal funds are allocated to our district and our students for the next ten years.

Support for public school services and programs is just one of many reasons why an accurate 2020 Census count is crucial to communities like Troy. Accurate census data also determines how much federal funding is provided for childcare, local community improvement construction projects, job training programs and many social services.

You’re shaping Troy’s future for the next ten years and beyond by participating in the 2020 Census.

Troy is at risk

As of yesterday, October 13, the 2020 Census Self Response Rate for the City of Troy was 53.7%. That compares to the 2010 SRR of 61.8%. (Source: CUNY 2020 Census HTC Map)

We are at real risk of a significant undercount.


2020 Census Confidentiality 

We understand the idea of sharing information for the 2020 Census seems worrisome for some. However, it’s important to remember that 2020 Census responses are completely confidential and your personal information cannot be used against you in any way.

Your responses are entirely protected under federal law and used for statistical purposes only by the U.S. Census Burea. No other government agency or court system can use or even access your census responses. There are no exceptions to this rule.

In addition, the United States Supreme Court has ruled against adding a citizenship question to the Census.


2020 Census Resources 

Look through the resources below for more about the 2020 Census, how it affects school districts like ours and the confidentiality of your personal information.