Is my census survey real?

Is my census survey real?

The ACS raises fraud concerns with its thorough inquiries about income, assets, job status, household amenities, and even your commute—a it's regular subject of calls to AARP's Fraud Watch Network Helpline—but it's real and reasonably straightforward to check (see below).

Is the American Community Survey real?

The American Community Poll (ACS) is a valid survey done by the United States. If someone approaches you regarding the American Community Survey and you want to verify that the visit or phone call is real, please call your Census regional office. They will be able to tell you if the person was a fraudster trying to obtain personal information about you.

In addition, you can find out more information about the American Community Survey on the U.S. Census Bureau's website at

You should know that this survey is not related to any other government agency's survey. The American Community Survey is conducted by the United States Census Bureau for use in determining the population for the purpose of distributing federal funds.

The ACS consists of a large sample survey followed by a short questionnaire that is mailed out to a subset of respondents. Only people who return the questionnaire are included in the survey results. There is no cost involved in participating in the American Community Survey.

People need to understand that while the information they provide will help improve our understanding of how populations change over time, it cannot be used to identify individuals or households. All responses are treated as confidential data that cannot be linked back to you.

How do I know if the census form is real?

Call the National Processing Center at (TDD/TTY) to confirm the legitimacy of a phone survey. The number is published in the newspaper within two weeks of the census being conducted. You can also check online at

The Census Bureau checks all names on the mailing list against other government records to make sure that no one gets more than one form. If someone does receive multiple forms, they are not required to complete them. Instead, they should throw out one copy of the form and keep the remaining ones for their records.

The Census Bureau will send you a new form if it determines that your previous form is incomplete or if there was a problem with the information you gave them. For example, if you did not answer all questions, then they may have had to estimate your values for those items that were left blank.

You will receive your 10-question survey by mail within 2 weeks of submitting it. If you have not received it by then, call the Census Bureau's National Processing Center at (TDD/TTY) 1-866-330-4873.

How do you know if a census is real?

If you have any worries, be sure the census taker is legal. If someone comes to your door claiming to be a census taker, you may check the Census Bureau's online personnel directory to see if their name is on the list. This is simple to perform and might provide you with confidence. However, beware of imposters who will lie to gain access to your home.

The Census Bureau has an online directory of legal census takers where you can check their licenses. Legal census takers must meet specific training requirements and pass a test before they are allowed to collect data.

Licensed census workers are required by law to follow a code of conduct. This code includes provisions that prohibit them from threatening or harassing you if you refuse to let them complete your questionnaire or from disclosing your responses to other people.

In addition, legal census workers are prohibited from entering your home without a court order or written permission from the household head. They are also prohibited from keeping your information for more than four years.

If you are not comfortable giving your information to a legal worker, go in person to a local census office. These offices can usually tell you whether there is a legal excuse not to fill out the form (for example, if you're medically unable to work). Some offices will even mail your form to you if no one else fills it out.

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