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Who Gets Counted

Here's the basic rundown: the Census counts everyone, one time and in the right place, where they are living at the time of the count. The same applies here in Minnesota: It is essential that we count everyone living in our state.

Here's the fine print: by law, the Census is required to count all residents of the United States and its territories; that means all people living in the United States, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

What does that mean for you? As the Census Bureau advises

​​If you are filling out the census for your household, you should count anyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. This includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time.
It is important to remember to count any children who are living with you. This includes: All children who live in your household, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and the children of friends. Children who split their time between households, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020. Newborn babies, even those who are still in the hospital on April 1, 2020.

Refer to the U.S. Census Bureau website for additional guidance on who to count on your Census forms, and how to approach a variety of special circumstances.

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