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.
For the 2020 Census, Service-Based Enumeration will be conducted across the United States, including in Puerto Rico, from March 30 to April 1, 2020.
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.