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The 2020 Census counts everyone who is living in the United States on April 1, 2020 (Census Day). If your relative is living in another country on April 1, do not include them on your census form.

The Census Bureau works with the U.S. military and other U.S. government agencies to count members of the military, civilian employees, and their dependents living abroad.

If the boarder or renter lives with you and the other members of your household, you should include them on your questionnaire. If the rented portion of your home has a separate address, the boarder or renter should complete their own questionnaire.

Everyone living at an address should be included in one response. This can be completed by one person or together as a group.

You may help if asked, or if you are a legal guardian or executor. If this is the case, and you are knowledgeable about the address, please complete the questionnaire for that household.

Keep in mind that you are not responding for yourself on that household's questionnaire. Answer the questions the way the person living at that address would.

Parents and guardians should count children at the address where they live and sleep most of the time. If a child spends an equal amount of time in two or more homes, count the child where they were staying on April 1, 2020.

Yes. All children, including babies, should be counted at their usual residence, even if their parent does not live and sleep at the same address. The usual residence is where the child lives and sleeps most of the time. If you are not sure, count them at the address of the place where the child was staying on April 1, 2020.

Yes, foster children should be counted at their usual residence, where they live and sleep most of the time. If you are not sure, count them at the address of the place where the child was staying on April 1, 2020.

Yes, the children of roommates, housemates, roomers, and tenants should be counted at their usual residence. This means where the child lives and sleeps most of the time. If you are not sure, count them at the address of the place where the child was staying on April 1, 2020.

Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the COVID-19 Press Kit to learn more.

Enter 1 for the number of people and provide information for Person One. However, please make sure you count all adults, children, and babies living or staying with you, even if they are only there temporarily. Visit Who To Count to learn more.