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Account for Everyone in the 2020 U.S. Census: Even Newborns!

When it comes to the 2020 U.S. Census — everyone counts — even newborn babies!

We’ve spoken in the past about how the 2020 U.S. Census impacts everyone in the state and, thus, your survey should account for everyone currently living in your home, whether they are family, friends, relatives, or otherwise: but did you know that this also includes newborn babies?

When we say the Census impacts everyone living in the U.S., we mean EVERYONE! This is to ensure that the United States Census Bureau is receiving the most accurate count of everyone living in our country as possible in order to better ensure that the right amount of federal funding is being allocated to each state based on their population (read our blog on What Happens If You Don’t Fill Out the Census? to learn more).

So yes, this includes newborn babies — and even includes newborns that are still in the hospital! The 2020 U.S. Census performs its count based on where an individual spends the most amount of time in any given year — such as how college students should put down their apartment or dormitory as their living space rather than their home with their parents — and an infant is assumed to be out of the hospital within a short period of time.

We know all of this can be a lot to keep up with, but we promise it’s all really quite simple. The United States Census Bureau and the state of Mississippi just wants to make sure that our state is getting all of the funding it deserves to help secure a more successful future for our children — the same children who will be the next generation of leaders for our country! Want to learn more about who all to include and how to account for everyone on your Census form? Visit MSCensus2020.org for more information. 

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