When you get your invitation to take the census, you may be wondering who should be counted on your form. The general rule of thumb is to count anyone living in your household as of April 1, 2020. It helps to think about where people are using resources most of the year. That should determine where they’re counted because that’s where the federal funding for community resources will go. There are some intricacies to this but the U.S. Census Bureau has all of your questions answered. Here are a few FAQs to get you started.
Do I count children? YES. If they’re alive as of 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2020, even if they’re infants still in the hospital, they should be counted. It will be another 10 years before they’ll get to be counted again and by then they’ll be using a lot of community resources.
Do I count my college student? Maybe. If they’re living in your home and commuting to college, you would count them on your census. If they’re living at school, whether on campus or in nearby housing, you do not need to count them on your census (even if you hope they’ll be coming back for the summer!) They’ll be counted where they’re living at school.
Do I count my spouse who is a military member? Maybe. If a member of your household is deployed, they will be counted by the military so you wouldn’t include them in your household count. Otherwise, military members are counted where they live.
Do I count people who aren’t related to me? If they live in your house as of April 1, yes. Whether or not they’re related doesn’t factor in to whether or not they’re counted.
Keep in mind that any identifiable information you give to the Census cannot be given to anyone, and that includes law enforcement and other government agencies. The census is not to “catch” too many people living in a house or to check citizenship. It’s done to make sure resources are properly allocated.
Learn more at CityofChesapeake.net/Census-2020.