I have a non-traditional living situation. Where should I be counted?

In general, you should count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time.  However, pay special attention if you are:

  • Completing Your Household's Form.  When responding, count any children, including newborns, who usually live and sleep at your home - even if they’re not your own.  If they split time evenly between two households, count them where they are on April 1, 2020.”
  • A Recent Mover.  Count yourself at your new address if you moved in by April 1, 2020.
  • A Renter.  Count yourself where you live. Even though you don’t own the home, you need to participate. Don’t forget your family and roommates.
  • A College Student.  If you don’t live in a dorm, count yourself at your off campus address - even if you go to your parents’ home for school breaks. This includes international students.
  • A Service Member.  If you don’t live in military barracks - and you aren’t deployed or stationed outside the United States - count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time, whether on or off base.
  • A Resident of a Group Facility.  For people in the following living situations on April 1, 2020, Census Bureau employees will work with a representative from your building to ensure you are
    counted. They may or may not ask you to complete an individual census form.
    • College dorms
    • Military barracks
    • Nursing homes
    • Group homes
    • Shelters
    • Psychiatric facilities
    • Correctional facilities
Where You Are Counted Matters

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1. What is the census?
2. When can I respond to the census?
3. How do I complete the census?
4. Why is a complete and accurate census count important?
5. What languages will be offered?
6. I have a non-traditional living situation. Where should I be counted?
7. What if I don't complete the census?
8. Will my personal information be safe?
9. What's in it for me?
10. What questions will be asked on the census?
11. Why are these questions asked on the census?
12. What won’t be asked?
13. What jobs are available with the United States Census Bureau?
14. I'd like to volunteer to help to ensure a complete count for Milton. Who do I contact?