We collect data for statistical purposes only. We combine your responses with information from other households or businesses to produce statistics, which never identify your household or business. Your information is CONFIDENTIAL. We never identify you individually. Learn more about how we protect your information.
We conduct household surveys:
For households, once we select your household for a survey or census, we send you an official letter from the U.S. Census Bureau director. We address the letter to “resident”.
For businesses, once we select your business for a survey or census, we will mail an official letter signed by a U.S. Census Bureau associate director, or a form, to your business.
To verify that a household survey is legitimate, please refer to our list of Household Surveys first. If you still have questions or concerns contact the Regional Office for your state and ask, “Am I in a survey?”
To verify that a visitor to your household is legitimate, contact the Regional Office for your state. Our field staff will always show a valid Census Bureau ID and a copy of the letter we sent you.
To verify that a caller to your household or business is legitimate, call or e-mail the National Processing Center.
The Census Bureau will always tell you whether your participation is mandatory or voluntary, and we encourage you to answer all questions asked. To learn more about which surveys require mandatory participation, please find your survey - List of All Surveys.
We will never ask for:
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