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  POSTED ON: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:40 PM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- By now most households in the United States, including those of service members, veterans and their families living in the United States, have received an invitation to respond to the 2020 Census.

The 2020 Census will have an impact on communities’ annual funding for critical public services such as hospitals, schools, emergency response services and road maintenance for the next 10 years. The Naval Academy would like to remind its extended family, and especially its active duty service members, that it is important to be counted in the right place.

Since midshipmen normally reside in Bancroft Hall in Annapolis, and utilize the services within Anne Arundel County, Maryland, it is important that they are properly accounted for here, and not in any other location.

For current midshipmen:

  • Current midshipmen will be counted in USNA's Census report for Bancroft Hall, as that is where they normally reside when they are active duty midshipmen. They should not be counted at their home of record for the 2020 Census.
  • Parents, please do not count your midshipman as part of your household when completing the Census questionnaire.
  • The Census Bureau will work with contacts at the Naval Academy to ensure that every midshipman is counted.
  • So, if you or your child is a member of USNA Class of 2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023, you/they should NOT be part of the Census report at your home of record. 


  • Active duty Sailors who reside in the barracks at Naval Support Activity Annapolis should also NOT be counted for in any other location, as they will be counted by Naval Support Activity Annapolis.

From the website “State, local and federal officials will use data from the 2020 Census to determine funding for infrastructure and critical public services such as hospitals, schools, emergency response services and road maintenance and construction. All are services that military members, veterans and their families use while they live in a community.”

For more information about how the Census counts military members, visit


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