Not Sure How or Where to Count Yourself
in the 2020 Census?
For Military Members, Veterans, and Their Families
Respond online, by phone, or by mail if, on April 1, 2020, you are not staying in military barracks, vessels, or other group housing, and you are:
Active duty, stationed in the United States, and NOT deployed outside the United States.
A military family member living in the United States. (Note: Do not include any spouse or other relative who is deployed outside the United States on April 1, 2020. The Census Bureau will coordinate with the Department of Defense to count those who are deployed.)
A veteran living in the United States.
A military point of contact will work with the Census Bureau to count you if, on April 1, 2020, you are:
Active duty, stationed in the United States, NOT deployed outside the United States, and staying in military barracks or other on-base group housing.
On a military vessel with a homeport in the United States.
A veteran staying in group housing or in hospitals on military installations.
Department of Defense Administrative Records will be used to count you if, on April 1, 2020, you are active duty and are:
Deployed outside the United States. (Note: Any family members living in the United States need to respond for themselves to a census questionnaire.)
Stationed or assigned outside the United States. (Note: This category also includes any dependents living with you outside the United States.)
On a military vessel with a homeport outside the United States.
Still have questions? Contact your admin point person at base or call the Census Bureau's assistance hotline at 844-330-2020 to clear up specific questions.
For College Students and Their Families
In general, college students should be counted at the place they live while attending school. Even if they were sent home early due to coronavirus (COVID-19), they should be counted at the address where they were living while attending school.
Students who live or were living in dorms, residence halls, and many fraternities and sororities:
Will be counted at their college address by their college or university through the Group Quarters Enumeration process
Do not need to respond to the census
Should NOT be counted on the household form if they have returned home
Students who are or were living off-campus in their own housing (such as in apartments or rented houses with roommates)
Should use their off-campus address and follow the Census Bureau instructions for Responding to the 2020 Census without a Census ID number
See the Census Bureau’s complete statement for more information.
March 12 - October 31, 2020
Self-Response Phase. Online, phone, and mailed self-responses continue throughout the data collection process.
February - September 2020
Group Quarters Operations. Count of residents in shelters, dorms, nursing homes, prisons, and military bases.
Residents invited to respond. Mail or Hand Delivery (to Rural/PO Box, non-USPS HU)
March 12, 2020
Self-Response Begins & Continues through October 31, 2020
April 1, 2020
Census Day Reference Date = where you live on April 1
May - June 2020
Update Leave Operation. Census takers drop off paper forms at front doors and update addresses.
August 11 - October 15, 2020