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April 01

Today is Census Day!

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Today is Census Day!

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Literacy-Related Event





This is the year of the 2020 Census and it is our 24th in the United States. Use census data on topics such as young adulthood, college education, and population changes to teach students how to explain, evaluate, infer, persuade, compare, and more.




Why Is the census Important? The results determine how power and money are distributed for the next decade.

Additionally, the information the census collects helps to determine how much federal funding is spent each year on infrastructure and services like schools, hospitals, etc. In addition, this count impacts the federal funds that communities receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more.

Help students learn about their state as they collect, organize, analyze, map, and graph a variety of information in “State Facts for Students.” They have the opportunity to examine data about kids their age, as well as a variety of other facts selected to appeal to young students:

  • Learn about home state while collecting and organizing business information.

  • Analyze the population data of a selected state.

  • Predict how many entertainment venues are in a state.

  • Explore data about a state and voice opinions on changed over time.

  • Compare data for two states using appropriate symbols and numbers.

Did you know that Census Day—the official date of the Census—has changed over time? In 1790 it was August 2nd, but it moved to April 1st for the 1930 Census. That is the date we use today.

Fun Fact: A kindergartener counted in the 2020 Census this spring will be starting high school when the next census comes around in 2030!



  • United States Census Bureau

    The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.

  • Statistics in Schools

    Help your school and students with Statistics in Schools resources that spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of counting everyone, especially children.

  • Census at School

    This project engages students in statistical problem-solving.

  • The Census Counts

    What your school community needs to know about the 2020 Census


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