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If you're in a multi-adult household, how are you deciding who is "Person 1"?

Edited to clarify: How are you deciding who is "Person 1" on the Census forms?
Edited again with the actual text from the census form
The census form reads:
5. Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person living here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1.
What is Person 1's name?

If only one resident's name is on the deed, title, or lease, then "Person 1" is easy as only one person qualifies. However if multiple residents, or none, are on the deed, title, or lease, then multiple people could qualify.

How are you deciding amongst multiple qualified "Person 1"s?

I'll add that on the form I got, the only questions asked are name, relationship to Person 1, sex, age and birthdate, hispanic origin, race, and if the person sometimes lives or stays elsewhere. There appear to be no questions about income, wealth, occupation, sexual orientation, or religion.

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Depends what it's for -- if it's a legal thing, then Person 1 is the Head of Household type who earns the most money and carries the bigger financial burden.

The "What it's for" in this case is the 2010 US Census. I'll clarify the post.

It depends on the circumstances.

I used the first one named on the deed.

I'm guessing Person 3 was the youngest?

if more than one person's name is on the lease/deed/title/mortgage/whatever, i would put them in alphabetical order. in fact, that's exactly what i'm doing on my census form. (it just so happens that my husband's surname comes ahead of mine in the alphabet anyway... but we're both on the lease.) i rather like the 2010 census form, actually; it's simple and fairly non-intrusive, although i don't know why they aren't asking for more detailed demographic information.

In the past at least there were two census forms which went out. One was the "short form" which was similar to the 10 question form we got this year, but with perhaps a little more information.. The other was the "long form" which was sent to a sampling of folks and asks a lot more detailed questions. The 2000 short form was actually shorter than this years form.

This year, they aren't using the long form, but are sending out to a sampling of houses an equivalent called "American Community Survey", which needs to be filled out in addition to the regular Census form. The ACS form has 21 questions about your housing and 48 questions per person. This is longer than the long for from 2000.

oddly enough, i have absolutely no memories of the 2000, 1990, or 1980 censuses (censi?) - i lived with my parents until 1973, so the '70, '60, and '50 forms would have gone to them (i was born near the end of 1947).

Wolf and I went the "traditional" route of oldest to youngest.

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