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Census Takers in Your Neighborhood

Census takers play a critical role in the 2020 Census.


As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, we will adjust census taker operations as necessary in order to follow the guidance of federal, state, and local health authorities.

In some areas, census takers have resumed their work updating address lists and leaving paper questionnaires at homes that have not yet received them.

How Can You Verify That Someone Is a Census Taker?

If someone visits your home later this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.

A laptop, laptop bag, confidentiality notices, and an "Official Business" notice for vehicle.


A look at some of the items that a census taker may carry with them, including a laptop, laptop bag, confidentiality notices, and an "Official Business" notice for their vehicle.


A  paper questionnaire in a water-resistant plastic bag.


Census takers may also deliver a paper questionnaire by hanging it on the front door in a water-resistant plastic bag.


If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact your Regional Census Center to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

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