We've received several inquiries about this so we thought all Civic Association members would benefit from knowing the answers to these questions. If you have even more questions than what's answered here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to answer them.
Is it true that we need to complete the U.S. census for our 'Sconset residence even if it is not our primary residence?
Yes, if you have a second residence in Sconset in addition to the place that you stay most of the time, you will need to complete the census for both homes.
What if I threw away the form that was sent to me?
You can complete the census online at: https://my2020census.gov/. Or you can call 1-844-330-2020 and complete it over the phone.
How do I complete the census form for a seasonal residence?
The census refers to this scenario as having a “usual home elsewhere.” You will answer ‘0’ to the question concerning the number of people living or staying at that address as of April 1, 2020. Then select "For seasonal, recreational, or occasional use" (if the unit is not being rented out, sold, or otherwise utilized) for the next question that asks why no one will be living at that address.
If you previously have completed the census form for your main dwelling, you can then exit from the survey. If not, there should be a link for answering questions about your primary home.
For more details, visit https://wecountwashington.org/questions/how-do-i-complete-the-census-form-for-a-second-home-cabin-or-seasonal-residence/
Why is it important to complete the census for your Sconset home?
The Town of Nantucket can review the census data to better understand the needs of the community and determine adjustments for things such as hospitals, roads, schools, transportation, parks and emergency services. The Town also uses the data when it applies for Federal funds or grants, which are often based on population size.
You will not be counted as a Nantucket resident for purposes of allocating representatives for Congress.