Census in race against time to count college students

WASHINGTON — Census officials have begun canvassing the neighborhoods surrounding several colleges and universities, targeting off-campus students who haven’t yet returned their 2010 Census forms in a bid to count students before they leave town for the summer.

At stake is about $1,200 in federal funding per student, as full-time students are counted toward the totals for the place where they live most of the year.

“It’s important for the 2010 Census to make this effort to count college students living off-campus before the end of the school year,” said Dennis R. Johnson, Census regional director for the Kansas City region, which covers six states including Minnesota. 

“The 2010 Census is not yet done, therefore the public’s cooperation with census takers is vital to our efforts to get a complete and accurate count of everyone living in each community.”

According to the Census Bureau the “early enumeration operations” in Minnesota will be taking place around universities in Minneapolis, Bemidji, Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, St. Cloud and Winona.

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