Census 2020

What is the U.S. Census?


Be a Census Ambassador! You can assist the City of Mesa in raising awareness and complicity of the 2020 Census.

Download & complete the 2020 Census Ambassador application.


Find out about $500 Mini-Grants! Incorporate a Census project into your curriculum.

Download & complete the mini-grant application. | Download flyer here.

Students & Faculty Submit Apps:

Return applications to the Center for Community & Civic Engagement at Southern & Dobson Building 35N or to the Academic Engagement Center DW-135 at Red Mountain.

Every 10 years, the United States counts every person living in the country to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives (a process called apportionment) and also to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities.

Earn Service Awards!

You Can Help! Apply to be a Census Ambassador. The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. You can earn service credits and receive a stipend up to $500.00!

Ambassador Requirements Include:

  • Minimum of 50 hours served by the end of the academic school year a stipend of $200 will be awarded.
  • Upon completion of 100 hours, a stipend of $500 will be awarded.
  • Service hours require a validation signature from the designated Census Lead Ambassador of the team.
  • Civic Duty PosterHours must include active participation in the planning and implementing of events and at least 5 events or projects.
  • Must attend regular Honors in Action meetings and Team meetings.
  • If either 50 or 100 hours in one academic semester is completed, students can reapply for the following academic semester and receive another stipend in accordance with the requirements explained above.


For each person counted in Arizona, the state receives $2,959 in federal funding (totaling more than $20 billion per year), which goes toward vital services including schools, emergency services and hospitals.

Decennial census data are used to determine your representation in Congress, as well as how funds are spent for roads, schools, hospitals, and more. Help ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the next decennial census.