Yes. The American Community Survey is legitimate. It is a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Unlike the every-10-year census, our survey continues all year, every year. We randomly sample addresses in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Answers are collected to form up-to-date statistics used by many federal, state, tribal, and local leaders. Some American Community Survey questions have been asked by the census since it first began in 1790.
If you have questions or concerns about whether the American Community Survey is legitimate, call 1-800-354-7271 for additional confirmation.
If someone has contacted you about the American Community Survey and you'd like to verify that the phone call or visit is legitimate, you can call your Census Regional office. You can find contact information for your regional office at http://www.census.gov/regions/.
All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect all information that could identify individuals. Disclosing ANY information that could identify you or your family means 5 years in prison, or $250,000 in fines, or both.
Your obligation to answer - and our commitment to confidentiality - are both in Title 13 of the U.S. Code.
Thank you for your time and effort. It makes a difference!