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2020 Census Questions: Relationship to Person 1


The 2020 Census will ask a series of questions about you and each person who lives with you. When responding, you’ll record how each person in the home is related to you (or to one central figure).

To answer, check one box from a series of options, including “father or mother,” “grandchild,” and “roommate or housemate.” To assist with your response, we’ve provided additional details about some of the options here. (For reference, the term “householder” here refers to the first person listed on your census form. This is typically the person filling out the questionnaire.)

  • Other relative: If the person is related by birth, marriage, or adoption to the householder but is not one of the options listed, indicate "other relative." An example is a niece or nephew.
  • Related foster child: If a foster child is related to the householder, include them in the appropriate relative category. An example is a grandchild or other relative.
  • Roommate or housemate: If the person is someone who lives in the home but is not related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption and is not their boyfriend or girlfriend, indicate "roommate or housemate."
  • Unmarried partner: If the person is in an intimate relationship with the householder, such as a boyfriend or girlfriend, indicate "unmarried partner."
  • Other nonrelative: If the person is not related to the householder and not one of the options listed, then indicate "other nonrelative."