Census takers will be in the city for the next few weeks to visit homes that haven't yet responded to the 2020 census. Here is some helpful information in case they come to your house.
What To Expect:
Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home. 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 are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census. 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.
Census takers work between 9am and 9pm, including weekends (**PLEASE NOTE THE TIMES**). If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online, by phone or by mail.
If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect your response. To find out more information on completing the census, visit https://2020census.gov/
How Can You Verify That 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. Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.
If you still have questions about their identity, you can contact the regional census center to speak with a Census Bureau Representative at 212-882-1700. If you determine that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact our dispatch at 617.479.1212.
Avoiding Scams Online
Phishing is a criminal act in which someone tries to get your information by pretending to be an entity that you trust. Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake—and may be infected with malware. A key way to identify scam websites is to look at the website address; if you think it may not be legitimate, don't click on any links. All valid Census Bureau websites will always have ".gov" at the end.
Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
Your Social Security number.
Your bank account or credit card numbers.
Anything on behalf of a political party.
Money or donations.
For questions about responding to the 2020 census, call 844-300-2020 from 7am-2am Eastern time. Here is a link to their FAQ's: https://2020census.gov/en/help.html