In 2017 a sample of households will be contacted about participating in the 2017 Census Test. In 2018, households in specific test sites throughout the country will be asked to participate in the 2018 End-to-End Census Test. The U.S. Census Bureau is researching modern and cost-efficient methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census.
Each month, a sample of households throughout the nation are contacted to participate in the American Community Survey, an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $675 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.
The Census Bureau also collects a variety of other surveys and censuses beyond the Decennial Census Program. If you, your household, or your business is selected for a census or survey, you have a great opportunity to represent thousands of Americans and/or businesses. Thank you for your interest and participation.
If you have specific concerns or questions, you may contact one of our Respondent Advocates. They serve as Organizational Ombudsmen to advocate for respondents in all matters relating to Census Bureau surveys and censuses.
Census Testing by Year
2012 to 2019 is the primary research and testing phase for the 2020 Census. Research achieved during this time informs design decisions for the 2020 Census.
Respond to the ACS
Learn the different ways to respond to the American Community Survey -- online, by phone, by email. Read our FAQs or call us for more help with the survey.
Are You in a Survey? Help for Survey Participants
Did the Census Bureau contact you about participating in a survey? This site provides answers about our surveys and who to contact for more information.
Contact the Census Bureau by phone or email if you have additional questions or if you just have concerns and need to speak to a person who can assist you.