Census Day

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Census Day is the day as of which a census aims to determine where each citizen is.

United States[edit]

In the United States' recent censuses, Census Day has been April 1.[1] However, it was previously in August, as per these instructions given to U.S. Marshals: "All the questions refer to the day when the enumeration is to commence, the first Monday in August next. Your assistants will thereby understand that they are to insert in their returns all the persons belonging to the family on the first Monday in August, even those who may be deceased at the time when they take the account; and, on the other hand, that they will not include in it infants born after that day."[2]


  1. ^ Arendt, Britta (April 3, 2010). "Census Day has passed - still time to be counted". Grand Rapids Herald-Review. 
  2. ^ "Instructions for the 1820 US census". The Upper St. John River Valley.