- People who do not regularly live at my house are now temporarily living here due to COVID-19. Where should they be counted?
- Is it true that you have to complete the Census in order to receive the “stimulus” checks from the federal government in response to COVID-19?
- What delays are taking place due to COVID-19?
- Will Census Bureau field staff still visit households that haven’t completed the survey for their household by the end of April?
- How will the Census count college students who had to move out early from their college residence facilities due to COVID-19?
Why do these ask for the age and date of birth of the people living or staying in the household?
The data produced from this question is used in planning government programs that provide funding or services for specific age groups (e.g., school facilities planning, Head Start funding, services and assistance to seniors, including the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP). This data also facilitates the enforcement of laws against age discrimination. Both age and date of birth are asked to allow the Census Bureau to check for rounding errors and duplicate responses.