In less than a month, residents of Madison county will be able to start completing their census form. It’s pertinent to go into the census knowing what matters and how it is completed.
Filling out the census form only requires one person from the house has to fill out the information. The Census Bureau refers to this individual as “person 1”
A press release from Feb. 18 reports on what information is gathered from the census. In addition to general information about the status of the housing unit, the information asked about each person includes:
• Relationship to Person 1
• Date of birth
• Hispanic origin
The press release explains that “person 1” is typically the husband or wife in a home, but for single students living in Madison county where that doesn’t exist, the question arises: Who fills out the form?
For students who don’t have a head of household, one student must take responsibility and be “person 1” for their apartment. They will have to fill out the general information and then learn the answers to each of the demographics listed earlier.
Daniel Torres, an economic developer in Rexburg, explains the differences between permanent residents and single students’ participation in the census.
“The way that it’s done is someone at the apartment or house has to be “person 1″ at the census, so fill out the census for themselves, and then they have to fill it out for everyone else in the apartment or house,” Torres said. “When it comes to single students, they have to find the mailer and remember to do it, and then know enough about their roommates to fill in all of that information.”