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Who Counts (and Where) in Census 2020?

Post Date:01/17/2020 11:37 AM

Before we all receive our invitations to complete the upcoming census, it’s important to understand who is counted on our forms. If you are the head of your household, you will be completing the census form on behalf of everyone living in your home.   Yet, in certain situations it can be unclear as to who to count on your form.  Let's take a look at some of the residency criteria and situations.  Click the link at the bottom of this article to view the full listing of criteria from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Who counts and where we are to be counted in Census 2020 as of April 1, 2020:

  • Seasonal residents
    If away from their permanent residence on April 1 -- such as on vacation, a business trip, or temporarily working elsewhere – seasonal residents are counted where they live and sleep most of the time. This would be at their permanent residence.

  • Visitors
    Individuals that are traveling on April 1 should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time, which is most likely at their permanent residence. If they do not have a permanent residence, then they are counted where they are staying on April 1.

  • Citizens of Foreign Countries Living in the United States
    Citizens from foreign countries that are living in the United States are counted at the U.S. residence where they live most of the time.

  • Citizens of Foreign Countries Visiting the United States
    If visiting the United States as of April 1, such as traveling on vacation or business, they are not counted in the census.

  • Military or civilian employees of the U.S. government
    U.S. military personnel assigned to military barracks in the United States are counted at the military barrack that they are living on April 1. If deployed outside of the United States on April 1 while stationed or assigned to the United States, military and civilian employees are counted at their permanent U.S. residence.

  • Children in shared custody who live at more than one residence
    Counted at the residence where they live the most. If that cannot be determined (such as split custody) then they are counted where they are on April 1.

  • Newborn babies
    Counted if they are born on or after April 1.

  • College students living away from their parents’ or guardians’ home
    Counted at the on-campus (dorm) or off-campus residence where they live the most.

  • Individuals living in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities, active adult/independent living communities
    Counted at the facility or residence where they live most of the time.

To learn more about all of the residence situations determined by the U.S. Census Bureau, click here.

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