2020 Census takers begin door-to-door work

Census takers will begin this week visiting local homes that have not responded to the 2020 Census.

As part of its Nonresponse Followup Operation, workers with the U.S. Census Bureau are scheduled to visit nonresponding households between August 11 and October 31.

If a family member is not home when the census taker visits, they will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond online or by phone. As necessary, they will make additional visits to collect responses from the household.

Census takers will follow social distancing protocols and all applicable state and local requirements with regard to health and safety, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The NRFU operation was originally scheduled for May 13 through July 31 but has been adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Households can still respond until October 31 by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at 2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020. Those that respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.

Census takers can be easily identified by a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge.

How to identify a Census Bureau field representative:

*A field representative will be carrying an official bag with the Census Bureau logo or a laptop for conducting the survey.

*The field representative will provide you with a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence.

*Field representatives conduct their work between the hours of 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM, local time.

*Upon request, the field representative will provide you with their supervisor’s contact information and/or the phone number for your Census Bureau Regional Office. The Regional Office supervises the activities of all field representatives in your area.

The Census Bureau will provide face masks to census takers and requires that census takers wear a mask while conducting their work.

Census takers are hired from local communities. All census takers speak English, and many are bilingual. If a census taker does not speak the householder’s language, the household may request a return visit from a census taker who does. Census takers will also have materials on hand to help identify the household’s language.

People are encouraged to cooperate with census takers and ensure that everyone who was living in their household as of April 1, 2020, is counted.