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Census 2020 Address Canvassing Underway

U.S. Census Launches Its First 2020 Census Field Operation

From August 4th through October 18th, you may notice census workers in your neighborhood. This is a normal part of the 2020 Census preparation and data collection process.


The Census address canvassers are working to:
  • Verify addresses in preparation for the census;
  • Collect responses to the census or another survey;
  • Drop off census materials;
  • Conduct quality checks on the census.
The Census address canvassers help to ensure an accurate and complete count by verifying address lists across a wide area of physical geography, housing structures and residence types. Part of this effort involves census takers on the ground noting where houses, apartments, shelters and other residences are located. Census takers will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhood they are canvassing.
Neighborhood Address Canvassing
August 4th - October 18th

Recorrido de Direcciones para el Censo del 2020

How to Verify the Identity of a Census Worker

Here are a few tips to assure the validity of the Census field representative.
  • Census takers must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the representative, a Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.
  • Census workers may be carrying a Census Bureau phone or laptop as well as a bag with the Census Bureau logo.
  • If you still have questions, you may call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

How to Avoid Being Visited at Home by Census Workers:
The best way to avoid being visited at home is to fill out your 2020 Census questionnaire online, by phone or by mail. Households will receive an invitation to begin participating in the census by April 1, 2020.

This is the first time ever that you will be able to repond to the census online!