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Cowboys Count: U.S. Census 2020

About the Census:

  • By law, the Census is undertaken every ten years in order to determine the population of a country and to accurately reflect where each person lives.

  • People are counted based on where they are living on April 1st. Students, whether residents of Laramie, other communities in Wyoming, other states or other countries are to be counted IN LARAMIE. By Census policy students living in Laramie should be counted in Laramie.

  • The census is filled out by household, so it helps to talk with roommates in advance about the information needed. Consider compiling the information for all members of the household, including small children.

  • Individual information compiled by the census is confidential, and individual information is not shared with other Federal agencies. 

If you are a student who has left campus for the remainder of the spring semester due to COVID-19, you should still consider yourself as a resident of Laramie for the 2020 Census. Read more about why you count in Laramie.

Not sure how you should participate in the Census this year? Check out our flow chart!

Why be counted by the Census?

"The importance of the census is that it is used to determine how federal funds and grants are distributed annually to public services.
This can range anywhere from student grants to university improvements."

- Jennifer Hillmann, Media Specialist for the Colorado and Wyoming Census Bureau branch

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  • Federal and state funds affect everything from education to health care and are often distributed based on population.

  • The Census estimates each individual living in Laramie or Albany County on April 1, but not counted, results in a loss of $1,800 per year—for each of the ten years until the next census.

  • Population numbers determine boundaries for city council wards and state legislative districts. 

  • The U.S. Census affects college funding, including funds used for student financial aid and campus improvements.



The Census will ask the following:

The number of people living (or staying) in a household on April 1st, 2020

If the home is owned by those living there, rented, or provided without rent

The telephone number of the person responding

The names, sex, date of birth, Hispanic origin, and race of every person living in a household

Who should participate and how?

Who Should Be Counted?

  • Everyone!

  • Off-campus students, including all members of your family and your roommates living in Laramie on April 1st, 2020

  • On-campus students, including roommates (Group Living Arrangements). This still applies to those who have left campus temporarily due to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • International students

  • All faculty and staff living in Laramie

How to be counted:

  • Fill out your household's questionnaire online, by mail, or by phone

More Information:

Questions or Concerns?


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