How Does Maritime and Military Vessels Enumeration Data Collection Work?
- Mailing lists for Maritime and Military Vessel Enumeration are obtained from the major maritime agencies, the Military Sealift Command, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
- Kits with procedures, training information, and census questionnaires are distributed by mail to operators of U.S. flag vessels and U.S. military vessels.
- Operators who oversee multiple vessels will be instructed to forward the additional kits they receive to the other vessels under their domain.
- A designated person aboard each vessel will conduct the maritime enumeration for their vessel, following the instructions provided in the kit.
- Each person staying or living aboard the vessel will be asked to complete a paper census form, which should take approximately 10 minutes. They should return their completed form to the designated person for their vessel.
- Question 3 on the questionnaire asks for a person’s usual home elsewhere. Respondents who provide an address in response to that question will be counted at that address. Respondents who do not have a usual home elsewhere will be counted on the vessel.
People aboard a maritime or military vessel fill out two questionnaires: a vessel questionnaire and a 2020 Census questionnaire at their usual residence. This is because the Census Bureau does not want to miss counting any maritime or military vessel personnel, including those who do not have a usual residence other than the vessel, those who usually stay in barracks when not on a vessel but will be on a vessel on April 1, 2020, and those who have a usual residence but will be on a vessel on April 1, 2020.