Is that a census-taker at my door? Here's how to tell

Posted 7/28/20

While there’s no hard date for census workers to begin visiting West Valley households that haven’t submitted their 2020 Census responses, the U.S. Census Bureau has provided information to help residents identify them once they begin knocking on doors.

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Is that a census-taker at my door? Here's how to tell

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While there’s no hard date for census workers to begin visiting West Valley households that haven’t submitted their 2020 Census responses, the U.S. Census Bureau has provided information to help residents identify them once they begin knocking on doors.

Census-takers will wear masks and will follow local public health guidelines when they visit homes, the bureau stated on its website, census.gov. All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

Census-takers work in the areas where they live, and their goal is to help everyone in the home be counted. 

“If the census taker who visits your home does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak your language,” the website states.

If no one is home when the census-taker visits, he or she will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by photo or by mail.

How to verify someone is a census-taker

“If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date,” the website states. “Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.”

Arizonans who still have questions about a census worker’s identity, can call the bureau’s regional census center in Dallas at 972-510-1800 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.

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