Salt Lake City

SLC Counts 2020

Our communities matter – make sure they’re counted in the 2020 Census


FAQ & Resources

We’re clearing up any tricky questions you might have about the census.
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How do I count children living between 2 households? 

The census counts everyone where they live and sleep most of the time, even if the living arrangement is temporary or the parents of the child do not live there.

  • If the child truly spends equal amounts of time between two homes, count them where they are staying on Census Day April 1. Coordinate with the other parent or caregiver, if possible, so the child is not counted at both homes.

  • If it’s not clear where the child lives or sleeps most of the time, count them where they will be staying on Census Day, April 1.

Do I count my child who is on a mission or goes to school in a different state?

No- missionaries or students living outside of Utah on April 1st, 2020 should not be included on your questionnaire.

U.S. Military Personnel 

Military personnel who are temporarily deployed overseas should be counted at their usual home address in the United States.

Counting Young Children 

Newborn babies and young children under five are often missed in the census. Make sure you count every child living in your household on April 1st, and please report their accurate age (don’t round a child’s age). 

Citizenship Question 

There will be NO question on the 2020 census that asks if a person is a citizen of the United States.  

Helpful Links:

Still have questions on how to count people living in shelters, health care facilities, prisons, correctional facilities, or people displaced by natural disasters? Visit the Census Bureau website at or email

Census 101: United States Census Bureau
The 2020 Census Confidentiality
Counting for Dollars Utah