The Fourth of July is only few days away and many people are heading to their vacation homes. Upon arrival, they will probably find a second 2020 census questionnaire to fill out.
Homeowners are required to complete a census for each house they own.
If the resident has been living at their vacation home they will still have to fill out a census form for their primary residence— the place where the homeowner lives most of the time.
Instructions for vacation homeowners
The Census Bureau lists instructions explaining how someone with a second home, a house they do not reside most of the time, should fill out the form.
Here is how the Census Bureau says to respond for second homes:
2. Enter the census ID or address for this secondary property. Owners will find the ID number in the information packet that census takers left on the property or at a mailbox if the home has a regular mailing address.
3. Enter “0” for the number of people living at this property
4. Hit next… the survey will not advance, but it will show a second prompt. Hit next again to advance.
5. Select “No” when asked a confirmation question about how many people live there.
6. Select primary reason – Seasonal (most likely)
These steps are taken ensure someone is not counted twice.
Census day was April 1 but people can still respond online, by phone or by sending in the questionnaire by mail.