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Enumeration at Transitory Locations

2020 Census Enumeration at Transitory Locations counts people in occupied units at transitory locations who do not usually live or stay at another place. Transitory locations are places people are unlikely to live year-round, such as campgrounds, recreational vehicle (RV) parks, marinas, and hotels.



The Census Bureau is no longer collecting responses to the 2020 Census. This page provided details for specific operations during the count.


Defining Transitory Locations

A transitory location is a place where people are unlikely to live year-round. Transitory locations include campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, hotels, motels, racetracks, circuses, and carnivals.

Each transitory location has multiple units, which can be rooms in a lodging facility or spaces where a tent, boat, RV, or other structure may be parked or located.

A transitory unit is considered an occupied housing unit if there is at least one person who usually resides there. If no one is staying at a transitory unit, that transitory unit is considered unoccupied and is not marked as living quarters. Anyone who reports a usual home elsewhere should be counted at that home.


How Are People in Transitory Locations Counted?

Enumeration at Transitory Locations consists of two phases: Transitory Location Advance Contact and Enumeration at Transitory Locations.

During the Transitory Location Advance Contact phase, Census Bureau workers prepare for enumeration. Between July 20 and August 7, 2020, area census office staff members will be calling an administrator at each transitory location to indicate that census takers will visit, explain the enumeration process, and collect information about the location. The Transitory Location Advance Contact sets the stage for a successful count at transitory locations with minimal disruption to occupants.

During the Transitory Location Advance Contact, Census Bureau staff members call or visit each transitory location to:

  • Verify the location name, type, address, phone number, and point of contact.
  • Record the number of units at the location.
  • Record the expected number of occupied units.
  • Set up a date and time to visit and conduct the count.
  • Address concerns related to facility privacy, confidentiality, and security.

Enumeration at Transitory Locations will occur from September 3 to September 28, 2020, after Transitory Location Advance Contact. See updates on how the Census Bureau has adjusted ETL operations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Filling out a paper questionnaire, the census response data that we ask for each person include: name, sex, date of birth, age on April 1, 2020, race, whether they are of Hispanic origin, relationship to the primary respondent, and an alternate address where they live or stay when they are not staying at a transitory location.

Each interview will take approximately 10 minutes.

ETL Poster

ETL Poster

Informational poster for the Enumeration of Transitory Locations operation.

GQE Fact Sheet

Enumeration at Transitory Locations Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet for Enumeration at Transitory Locations.

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Notice of Visit

Informational Notice of Visit for Transitory Locations

Provides instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census for those who could not be reached at the time of enumeration for Transitory Locations.

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Transitory Locations Type Code and Definitions

Outlines Transitory Locations type codes used in the 2020 Census.

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