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Census Residency Criteria

How to count yourself at the right place and only once!

In general, you should count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time. But pay special attention if you are someone who falls in any of the following catagories:

1. If you are the person completing your household form: When responding, count any children, including newborns, who usually live and sleep at your home--even if they are not your own. If they split time evenly between two households, count them where they are at on April 1st, 2020.

2. A recent mover: Count yourself at your new address if you moved in by April 1st, 2020.

3. A renter: Count yourself where you live. Even though you don't own the home, you should still participate in the Census. Don't forget to include any family or roommates who live with you on the same Census form. **This includes renters living in lofts, studios, apartments, and townhouses as well.

4. A College Student: If you don't live in a dorm, count yourself at your off campus address even if you go to your parents home for school breaks. This INCLUDES International students.

5. A Military Service Mmeber: If you don't live in military barracks and you aren't stationed outside the United States, count yourself where you live and sleep most of the time, whether on or off base.

6. A Resident of a Group Facility: For people in the following situations on April 1st, 2020, the Census Bureau employees will work with a representative from your building to ensure you are counted. They may or may not ask you to complete an individual census form.

- College Dorms

- Military Barracks

- Nursing Homes

- Groups Homes

- Shelters

- Psychiatric Facilities

- Correctional Facilities

For more information, please call Linda Steinberg at 217-531-4338 or email her at


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Contact Linda Steinberg

Special Projects Coordinator for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District  (CUPHD) and Northeast Central (NEC) Regional Intermediary for the Illinois Census Count


Phone: 217-531-4338

You can also reach out to the Champaign County Area Complete Count Commitee at

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