Starting in 2019, you may notice census takers in your neighborhood.
This is a normal part of preparations for the 2020 Census. Census Bureau employees will also be in the community to continue collecting information for the American Community Survey and other ongoing surveys.
If someone visits your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
You might see census takers in your neighborhood for a few different reasons:
In 1790, around 650 U.S. marshals carried out the nation’s first decennial census. In 2020, thousands of census takers will help to conduct the count.
Census takers who verify addresses are called address canvassers. They help ensure an accurate and complete count by verifying addresses and noting where houses, apartments, shelters, and other residences are located. Census takers will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhood they are canvassing.
Explore where the Census Bureau plans to send address canvassers with this interactive map.
In May 2020, census takers begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help ensure everyone is counted. At the same time, other Census Bureau representatives will be visiting homes for ongoing surveys, such as the American Community Survey.
By April 1, 2020, all homes will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. The best way to avoid a follow-up visit from a census taker is to fill out the 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail as soon as you receive your invitation to participate.
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