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How Am I Counted?

For many individuals and households, the Census questions will be simple and straightforward. Generally speaking, you should be counted where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1st, 2020. 

However, many special circumstances may cause some confusion on who to count as part of the home. Many in the City of Clemson may find themselves in one of these special circumstances given the large population of college students, foreign citizens currently residing here for school or work, and elderly persons in assisted living facilities. Here’s what you need to know in these scenarios:

  • College students living in off-campus housing and out of their parents’ homes should count themselves at the off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time. Their parents should not count them as part of their household, even if this address is “home” for license or tax purposes. (Click here to read more about why college student counts are so important to college towns.)
  • Foreign citizens living in the United States, including members of the diplomatic community, should be counted at the U.S. residence where they live and sleep most of time. (Citizens of foreign countries who happen to be visiting on vacation or business on April 1st, 2020 should not be counted.)
  • Residents of healthcare facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities, should be counted at the healthcare facility in which they’re staying on April 1st, 2020. (However, anyone in a healthcare facility temporarily for a routine stay should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time.)

If you have any questions about these or any other circumstances, the Census Bureau has compiled an extensive list of these possible situations with details on who should be counted and where at or you can contact the Census Bureau to speak to a local representative at 301-763-INFO (4636) or 800-923-8282. You can also contact Art Holbrooks, Clemson’s City Planner, at 864-653-2050 or