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2020 Census: Conducting and Motivating the Count: Counting People in Group Living Arrangements

Group Quarters

If you were living or staying in a group living arrangement, also known as group quarters, on April 1, 2020, the Census Bureau had a special process for counting you.

What Are Group Quarters?

Group quarters are places where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. These places are owned or managed by an entity or organization that provides residents with housing and/or services.

Some examples of group quarters include:

  • College/university student housing (i.e., dorms, residence halls, etc.)
  • Residential treatment centers
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Group homes
  • Military barracks
  • Correctional facilities
  • Maritime and military vessels

How Were People in Group Quarters Counted?

If you lived or stayed in group quarters, the Census Bureau identified a group quarters administrator at your location to ensure that you were counted in the 2020 Census.

What About People Who May Have Experienced Homelessness?

The Census Bureau had special processes in place for counting people who may have experienced homelessness or who were staying or received assistance at service-based locations such as emergency and transitional shelters, soup kitchens, regularly scheduled mobile food van stops, or pre-identified non-sheltered outdoor locations.

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