Information on this page is intended for service-based facility administrators and contains important information on the U.S. Census Bureau's process for counting facility residents.
In Service-Based Enumeration, the Census Bureau counts people who receive services at the following types of locations:
Beginning in February 2020, the Census Bureau will contact facility administrators to obtain important identifying information about their facilities to assist with the enumeration process. During this time, a date and time will be set for the facility administrator to conduct the enumeration, and a preferred enumeration method will be selected.
Please visit Group Quarters Advance Contact for more detailed information.
In Service-Based Enumeration, a Census Bureau representative conducts an in-person interview with each person who is served or staying at a given service-based location on Census Day. Each interview takes approximately 10 minutes.
Shelters may also choose paper response data collection as their enumeration method. In this case, a Census Bureau representative meets with the group quarters administrator to obtain a paper listing of census response data for each person who is served or staying at the facility on Census Day.
Informational copies of the 2020 Group Quarters Individual Census Questionnaires used for enumeration.