In general, students in colleges and universities temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus will still be counted as part of this process. Even if they are home on census day, April 1, they should be counted according to the residence criteria which states they should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time. We are asking schools to contact their students and remind them to respond. Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit the COVID-19 Press Kit to learn more.
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.
This depends on the type of unit you are living in. Each independent living or assisted living unit is treated as a separate home and has 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 whether you will be counted as part of the Group Quarters Operation, check with the person who collects your rent.
No, Puerto Rico can only become a state through congressional or legislative action.