2020 Census Group Quarters Operation

The Census Bureau uses a special Group Quarters operation to count people in group living arrangements, such as colleges, health care facilities, shelters, and correctional facilities. This 2020 Census Group Quarters Operation series, published jointly with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Census Counts explains the process for counting people in group quarters. The series provides residents, facility administrators, advocates, and other stakeholders with the information needed to help ensure that group quarters are counted fairly and accurately.

Some Census tracts are primarily comprised of group quarters. To view a list of these tracts and learn more about hard-to-count communities across the U.S., which include many populations that live in group quarters, visit CensusHardToCountMaps2020.us.

Counting People In Correctional Facilities