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Vacation homeowners will likely have a second census to complete

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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. 

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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. 

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Here is how the Census Bureau says to respond for second homes:

1. Visit www.my2020census.gov    

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)

7. Complete! 

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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. 

Autum Robertson
Autum is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Ketchum, McCall and general news. Contact her at autum@boisedev.com.

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