What you need to know about the census: who to count

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When you fill out the 2020 Census, it's important to include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020. 

Who to count

  • friends or family members who are living and sleeping there most of the time
  • anyone who is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere
  • roommates
  • young children
  • newborns
  • anyone who is renting a space in your home.

These people are often missed in the census. This means they can miss out on resources for themselves and their communities over the next 10 years.

Test your knowledge

Do you know who to count when filling out the 2020 Census? Test your knowledge by taking this quiz from the U.S. Census Bureau!

Take the quiz

Still have questions?

Visit 2020Census.gov for more information about how to count:

  • babies born on census day
  • people who move on census day
  • visitors
  • foreign citizens in the United States
  • students
  • U.S. Military personnel
  • people in shelters
  • people displaced by disasters
  • people in prisons and correctional facilities
  • people in healthcare facilities
  • people living in RV parks, hotels, and other transitory locations

This information is provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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