US Census Bureau: Counting Vehicle Residents

Join the U.S. Census Bureau for an insightful presentation at the 2024 Vehicle Residency Summit, where they will explore the vital role of the Census in understanding vehicle residents.

What Does the Census Bureau Do?

Discover the core functions of the U.S. Census Bureau and its mission to provide accurate and comprehensive data about the nation’s population. Learn about the Decennial Census, a critical population count conducted every 10 years, with the mission statement: “Count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.” This session will emphasize the importance of participation in the Census, particularly for those residing in vehicles, and how it impacts resource allocation and representation.

What are Living Quarter Types?

The Census Bureau recognizes various living quarter types, each with unique characteristics:

  • Housing Unit: Traditional residential dwellings.
  • Transitory Locations: Places where people live temporarily, such as RV parks and campgrounds.
  • Group Quarters: Facilities like shelters, dormitories, and institutional living arrangements.

How Does the Census Count People Living in Vehicles?

Learn about the specific methodologies employed by the Census Bureau to ensure accurate counting of individuals residing in vehicles:

  • Enumeration at Transitory Locations: Techniques for counting people living in RV parks and campgrounds.
  • Service-Based Enumeration (SBE): Strategies for reaching individuals at targeted non-sheltered outdoor locations and those participating in safe parking programs.
  • Mobile Questionnaire Assistance: Innovative approaches to assist vehicle residents in completing the Census.

Q&A Session

Conclude the presentation with an interactive Q&A session, where attendees can ask questions and engage in a dialogue with Census Bureau representatives to gain a deeper understanding of the Census process and its significance for vehicle residents.

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