The safety of our respondents and staff is our primary concern. We have adjusted our operations and are closely monitoring on-the-ground conditions for the safety of all involved.
The Census Bureau conducts surveys over the phone, online, or by paper whenever possible. If we’re not able to collect your response, we may visit in person. For example, we may need to confirm in person if a residence is vacant or to confirm an address is valid.
If your household has been asked to participate in a survey, you may receive a letter inviting you to call a Census Bureau field representative to complete the survey. We may also call to schedule a phone interview for these surveys.
The Census Bureau conducts over 100 surveys every year that collect statistics on the health, finances, employment, and other important attributes of the country. These surveys support governments, officials, and policymakers by providing important information that cannot be found elsewhere. Your response is key.
In-person interviews are currently taking place based on local conditions and guidelines.
All survey operations are subject to ongoing public health updates and assessments at the local level.
We will still first attempt to collect information over the phone or online for these surveys when possible.
Your safety and health are our priority. Census Bureau interviewers, or field representatives, are trained and equipped to safely conduct in-person interviews.
All field representatives are required to complete training on social distancing protocols and other health and safety guidance before beginning their work. Census Bureau employees are instructed to follow public health guidance, including requirements for wearing face coverings. Field representatives will knock on doors and step back to maintain distance with individuals they are interviewing.
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The Census Bureau is committed to safeguarding the information of survey participants so that we can provide the country with high quality statistics.
All information that you provide in answer to a Census Bureau survey or census is strictly confidential. We do not share your information with anyone, including other federal agencies, and do not publish any information about individual households or businesses. The data we collect is only used to create statistics. The Census Bureau has legal, procedural, technological, and statistical safeguards to ensure your information will not be disclosed to anyone.
How We Protect Your Information
The Census Bureau keeps your data secure and confidential. Find out how we keep that promise and our legal obligation to you.
How to identify a census taker or Census Bureau field representative
If you are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, here are some ways to verify the individual is a Census Bureau employee.