The US Census Bureau will be conducting its 2020
Census in the spring of 2020, with the goal of counting every person
living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five US territories. It is
important for everyone, including
seniors, to complete the 2020 census to ensure that communities are
accurately funded. This includes money for things like Medicare and first
All information shared is kept confidential by law.
Responses are not shared with law enforcement agencies or state survey
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The Census Bureau has a process for counting people who live
in “group quarters,” including nursing centers. The Census Bureau wants to help
administrators respond to the census on behalf of their residents, click here
for more information.
The Census Bureau will begin contacting nursing centers in
February 2020. They will be collecting information from April through June,
requesting information on the residents living in the nursing center on April
1. This includes requesting information on both short-stay residents of skilled
nursing facilities and long-stay residents of nursing homes.
Administrators will have several options for how to report
the information to the Census Bureau, including electronically or through
The US Census Bureau will be requesting the: name, sex, date
of birth, age on 4/1/2020, race, whether they are of Hispanic origin, and an
alternate address where they live or stay when not in a group quarters facility
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Assisted Living Communities
AHCA/NCAL is in the process of identifying whether the US
Census Bureau will use the same process for assisted living communities. In the
2010 census, assisted living communities were not defined as group quarters and
had a different process. While the bureau has indicated “group homes” will be
considered group quarters for the 2020 census, AHCA/NCAL is seeking
clarification on how assisted living will be classified. This page will be updated to reflect the
latest information available.
If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Lilly Hummel,