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Did You Know? Empty Second Homes and Vacant Lots Need Their Own U.S. Census Forms Filled Out!

If you currently own a second home, vacant lot, or any property that has an address: you need to complete a separate census form for it online, over the phone, or through the mail! 

Attention all owners of second homes, vacant lots, or other forms of property: if you have not already done so, you need to complete individual U.S. Census forms either online, over the phone, or through the mail for ANY property that you own that has its own address!  

Even if you or anyone else is not currently living at this property, it is still considered an address that needs to be counted as a part of the 2020 United States Census. This is because the census operates by accounting for where any individual lives the majority of the time in any given year, placing key value in the actual addresses of those living in our country.  

As detailed on the United States Census Bureau’s official website

“This address is a vacant home. Should I respond? If you know that no one will be living or staying at this address on April 1, 2020, go to the online questionnaire to answer a few questions about the home at the address. You will be asked you to verify the address and answer whether anyone will be living or staying there on April 1, 2020. A census taker may visit to verify that no one is living or staying there.” 

You are NOT required to have the census code that was most likely mailed to the separate location’s mailbox in order to register it as part of the 2020 U.S. Census: all you will need to do is input any secondary address and confirm if anyone would declare it as their primary residence as of April 1, 2020. 

Here are the steps to completing a census form for a second home online: 

  • Visit mscensus2020.org.
  • Click the blue button that says, “Complete My Census Now.” 
  • Complete the online census form as you normally would but using the address for your second home – we have a previously-published blog post with step by step instructions on how to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online. 
  • When you reach the “Household” and “People Questions” sections, you will have to respond as if you currently live at your second home: this is just to make it through the rest of the form and you will be able to correct this information later in the questionnaire
  • Once you reach the “Final Questions” section, you will be asked to “correct or negate” if you actually live at your second home. 
  • If you answer that you do not normally live at your second home, you will be taken to the next section, where you can specify that you do not currently live at your second home (screenshot provided below). When asked “Do you live or stay somewhere else, other than this address?” click “Yes, for another reason,” and under “For what reason?” write, “This is a second home.” 
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We hope that this clears up any confusion regarding second homes and the 2020 U.S. Census. 

If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to cComplete your 2020 U.S. Census online, over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020, or through the mail today! Every single Mississippian that’s accounted for represents up to $50,000 in federal funding for our state over the next 10 years, and it only takes 10 minutes or less to complete your census form! We’re all in this together!

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