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If the address is a business, and no one lives or stays there, respond online to answer a few questions about the address.

First, enter the Census ID that appears on the 2020 Census letter, postcard, or questionnaire for that address. Then, answer the questions about whether anyone will be living at the address on April 1, 2020. A census taker may visit to verify that no one is living or staying there.

If you know that no one will be living or staying at this address on April 1, 2020, go to the online questionnaire to answer a few questions about the home at the address.

First, enter the Census ID that appears on the 2020 Census letter, postcard, or questionnaire for that address. You will be asked you to verify the address and answer whether anyone will be living or staying there on April 1, 2020. A census taker may visit to verify that no one is living or staying there.

You should not respond if you are living in another country on April 1, 2020 (Census Day). The 2020 Census counts everyone who is living in the United States on April 1, 2020. 

The Census Bureau works with the U.S. military and other U.S. government agencies to count members of the military, civilian employees, and their dependents living abroad.

If you live in a group living facility (such as a college dorm, military barracks, or skilled nursing facility), the Census Bureau has special processes in place to collect your responses to the 2020 Census. Please do not complete the paper questionnaire that was mailed to you.

This depends on the type of unit you are living in. Each independent living or assisted living unit is treated as a separate household and will have the option to respond online, by phone, or by mail. People living in skilled-nursing or hospice units will be counted as part of the Group Quarters Operation. If you are not sure if you will be counted as part of the Group Quarter Operation, check with the person who collects your rent. 

If you will be living in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands, a Census Bureau worker will contact you to complete your questionnaire in person. You do not need to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online. Visit Island Areas to learn more.

The U.S. Census Bureau began an in-office review of the nation’s addresses in 2015. We update this list using information from the U.S. Postal Service, tribal, state, and local governments, satellite imagery, and other sources.

Census Bureau workers will deliver questionnaires to homes in Puerto Rico. The information you receive will explain how you can respond to the 2020 Census. You can respond online at any time. Go to my2020census.gov and enter the Census ID that appears on your questionnaire.