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Some sources have categorized 2020 Census phone numbers as possible scam numbers. We are working to make sure our numbers are properly categorized. You may have also been contacted about one of the many other Census Bureau surveys. For more information, visit Are You in a Survey? or call 800-923-8282.

To ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census, we have updated our communications strategy to include email outreach in areas where many homes have not yet responded. Official Census Bureau emails will be sent from If you have already responded to the 2020 Census, you may ignore this reminder.

Everyone living in the United States and its five territories is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.

If you have opted to participate in Census Bureau research studies, you will be contacted via Or, If you have sent us a message via the web form on, you may receive a response from us via email.

Additionally, the Census Bureau is currently conducting a survey to measure the impacts of COVID-19 across the United States, and may request your participation via email. This is known as the Household Pulse Survey and is not related to the 2020 Census.

If you are selected to participate in the Household Pulse Survey, please note that all Census Bureau emails will be sent from When responding, ensure you are on a valid Census Bureau website by verifying that the website address ends in ".gov." If you are not sure if the communication you received is legitimate, Contact Us.

Even if you are invited to participate in another survey for the Census Bureau, you are still required to respond to the 2020 Census.

There are many organizations that helped the Census Bureau spread awareness about the importance of responding to the 2020 Census. You can find a list of our national partners here.

No, your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for any government benefits, including any potential stimulus package. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential, and the answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. Learn more about How We Protect Your Data.

No. The 2020 Census was not a scam.

Learn more about how to avoid scams online or in-person