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2nd Homeowners Begged to Fill Out Census
Posted on Jul 10th, 2020
Summit County is ranked 59 out of 64 counties in the state, according to the census total self-response tracker. Only 25.5% of households in the county have responded to the census. However, the county’s high population of second-home owners has brought down its census response rate in the past.
From Census FAQ.....
WHAT IF I OWN A VACATION HOME AND RECEIVE A CENSUS LETTER THERE, TOO?
The Census Bureau’s mandate is to count all residents where they live most of the time. Even if you happen to have been at your second home on April 1, 2020 due to the pandemic, the Census Bureau’s aim is to count you only once, and in your primary residence. You should not count yourself as living at a “second home” or vacation home on a census survey.
That said, for a vacation home or second home, it would be quite helpful to the Census Bureau if you would respond to the census survey indicating that zero people were living there on April 1, 2020. By reporting to the Census Bureau that an address is a second or vacation home, the Census Bureau can avoid sending an enumerator to that home to verify that it is vacant.
To indicate to the Census Bureau that an address is a second or vacation home, go to my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
For the question “Including yourself, how many people were living or staying at _______ on April 1, 2020?” your response should be “0” even if you happened to be in this home on April, 1, 2020. The Census wants to count you only once and at your primary address.
After two more prompts to confirm that zero people live at this address, the website will then ask “What is the primary reason why no one was living or staying at ________ on April 1, 2020?” Select “For Seasonal, recreational or occasional use”
WHAT IF I CAN'T FIND MY CENSUS ID?
Your Census ID is the 12-digit number that can be found on your questionnaire, letter, and postcard. You can still respond online to the 2020 Census even if you did not receive a letter or paper questionnaire. Go to my2020census.gov and select the link that says, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." It is located below the Census ID login field.