Schools and the 2020 U.S. Census

Schools and the 2020 U.S. Census

Census 2020 Be Counted Ohio
The U.S. Census count of 2020 begins April 1, and it’s critical for every Ohioan to be counted. Why?

An incomplete count could affect our state’s schools, families and students.

Population numbers impact a state’s federal funding for quality-of-life areas like education, public safety, highways and health care. They also affect representation in our nation’s capital. For example, with Ohio’s population remaining almost flat over the last three years, statisticians predict the state will lose one seat in the House of Representatives in the 2020 census. We could lose more federal representation if we do not achieve a complete count.

Ohio must maintain the representation and federal funding it needs to offer its citizens a high-quality living environment. Districts, schools and educators can play a vital role by encouraging local families to take part in the census, especially to help reach hard-to-count populations such as young children, immigrants, low-income households and people with limited access to computers.

Governor DeWine’s Complete Count Commission Recommendations Report, Be Counted Ohio, contains practical ideas for how to reach everyone with the message that it’s easy, safe and important to be counted.

A Message from the Superintendent of Public Instruction




Classroom resources

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program offers classroom materials and resources for grade-appropriate instruction on the census in social studies, math, geography, sociology, English and history.
How does one’s ZIP code affect social mobility?
This activity guides students through a demographic
analysis of factors that affect social mobility,
including race, median income, and sex. Students
will use The Opportunity Atlas to explore a data set of important statistics. Data sets will be compared by
neighborhood and region.

Students will compare the census questionnaires
used in 1900 and 2010 and answer questions about how and why the questions have changed from one century to the next.
Students will learn about the decennial census
and its impact on their communities. Using past
data, students will predict population changes
from the 2010 Census to 2020. Then students will
reallocate seats in the U.S. House of Representatives based on the predicted changes.
Each grade band includes one featured worksheet, which focuses on how the decennial census benefits students, their families, and communities to highlight why participation is important. Teachers are encouraged to use this worksheet in their classrooms as a starting point or introduction to the 2020 Census. For high school students, this worksheet focuses on how the census helps the students’ community.
Students will learn how to make visual representations of data—to give meaning to numbers. Using a census infographic as a model, students will create their own infographics about their communities. Students may draw the infographic by hand, create a collage, or use a computer, depending on the class and the student’s skill level.

This map provides an overview of all 50 states for high school students. It includes data on languages spoken at home, median income, and population growth.
Students will analyze historical data on race and ethnicity in the United States over time. Students will note trends around race and ethnicity by looking at data from 2000 and 2010, highlighting the broad diversity of people who live in the United States today. Students will learn why it is important that the U.S. Census Bureau collect this data.
High school students describe their post-graduation plans and how they are using census data to help them make decisions about their future.


Noncurricular tools

The 2020 Census Community Outreach Toolkit holds valuable ideas and tools for reaching the people schools serve, including two pages (18-19) that can be printed as a double-sided flyer for families or a one-sided poster for a school.
Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census
[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]


Other outreach materials

Prepared social media content.
Fact sheets in various non-English languages.  (Click the All tab)


More resources available at


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