Have you responded to the U.S. Census? Here's how it works for RVers.

NOTE: All content below is from the official 2020 Census website.

The goal of the 2020 Census is a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States and its five territories. You should count yourself at the place where you [were] living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day).

You can still respond to the 2020 U.S. Census online here.

Why should I respond?

See "Census 101" (PDF)

I don't want to do it online. How else can I be counted?

If you’re in a campground, it’s easy. Between September 3 to September 28, 2020 Census takers will visit each transitory location* at a scheduled time to interview people in the occupied transitory units.

*What is a transitory location?

A transitory location is a place people are unlikely to live year-round. Transitory locations include campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, hotels, motels, racetracks, circuses, and carnivals. Each transitory location has multiple transitory units, which can be rooms in a lodging facility or spaces where a tent, boat, RV, or other structure may be parked or located. An occupied transitory unit is considered a housing unit if there is at least one person who usually resides there. If no one is staying at a transitory unit, that transitory unit is considered unoccupied and is not marked as a living quarters. Similarly, a transitory unit is not tabulated as a housing unit if all people staying there report a usual home elsewhere. Anyone who reports a usual home elsewhere should be counted at that home.

An area set aside primarily for people to camp (e.g., in a tent, cabin, or camping trailer). Campgrounds often charge a fee and sometimes provide modest amenities. This category includes both public campgrounds (e.g., in national, state, or local parks or recreation areas) and private campgrounds (e.g., KOA campgrounds, religious campgrounds, hunting camps, and self-improvement camps).

Recreational Vehicle (RV) Park
An area set aside primarily for people temporarily parking and occupying RVs (also referred to as travel trailers or camping trailers). RV parks rent out spaces (with or without hook-ups for basic utilities) to people parking RVs, typically on a short-term (daily, weekly, or monthly) basis. RVs are often on wheels while people live or stay in them; they are not permanent structures, as they could easily be driven or towed away. This category includes both public and private RV parks.

A dock or basin where small commercial or private vessels, such as boats or yachts, can be securely moored or parked; some people may make these vessels their primary residence. Marinas may offer supplies, repairs, and other services and amenities. A marina may stand alone or be part of a resort, and it may be owned and operated by a public entity (e.g., municipal facility) or a private company or club (e.g., yacht club).

Hotel or Motel
A lodging facility that some people may use as long-term or permanent housing. In addition to hotels and motels, this category includes hostels, single-room occupancy units, inns, resorts, lodges, and bed-and-breakfast establishments. Units within these lodging facilities may be single rooms, suites, cabins, cabanas, cottages, or bungalows. In addition, organizations such as the YMCA and YWCA may offer lodging, along with other services, at their facilities.

A facility used for racing automobiles, motorcycles, horses, or dogs where traveling workers may reside in temporary quarters, such as tents, buses, or RVs. This category includes both commercial and private racetracks.

Circus or Carnival
A traveling show or amusement enterprise such as a circus, carnival, fair where the performers and workers of which may reside on-site in temporary quarters, such as tents, buses, or RVs.

The Interview

Each interview will take approximately 10 minutes. Filling out a paper questionnaire, the information inquired for each person includes: sex, date of birth, age on Census Day (April 1, 2020), Hispanic origin, race, relationship to the primary respondent, home ownership status, and an alternate address where you live or stay when not at the transitory location.

What address should I use?

According to the Who To Count page on the 2020census.gov website: "You should count yourself at the place where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day)."

For more information, see the following pages on the official 2020 Census website:

You can still respond to the 2020 U.S. Census online here.


Avoid fraud & scams by knowing that during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.
  • Money or donations.

In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.

See this page for how to verify that someone is a census-taker. Read more about security here: Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

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