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Who Counts

The 2020 Census will count everyone living in the United States and five U.S. territories.

Count Everyone Under Your Roof

If you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes any friends or family members who are living and sleeping there most of the time. If someone is staying in your home on April 1, and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census. Please also be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and 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.

counting children imgCounting Young Children 

It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes:

  • All children who live in your home, including foster children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends (even if they are living with you temporarily).
  • Children who split their time between homes, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.
  • Newborn babies, even those who are born on April 1, 2020, or who are still in the hospital on this date.

Special Circumstances read below:

Babies Born on Census Day

People Who Move on Census Day

Visitors on Census Day


U.S. Military Personnel

People in Shelters

People Displaced by Natural Disasters

People in Prisons and Correctional Facilities

People in Health Care Facilities

People Living in RV Parks, Hotels, and Other Transitory Locations