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Information on the 2020 Census

Avoiding Frauds and Scams

The U.S. Census Bureau sends out two different surveys, the Decennial Census which occurs every ten years for every household, and the American Community Survey which is given continuously throughout the year to select households. 

On these surveys, the Census Bureau will never ask for: 

  • Social Security numbers
  • money or donations
  • bank or credit card account numbers
  • your mother's maiden name

If you think you have received a fraudulent survey or phone call: 

  • contact the Chicago Regional office at 1.800.865.6384
  • contact the National Processing Center at 1.800.523.3205
  • look up the Census surveyor's name or number on the Census Bureau Staff Search

For more information, visit the Avoiding Fraudulent Activity and Scams page.

How to Identify a Census Employee

If a Census field representative comes to your door they will:

  • present their ID with name, photograph, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date
  • carry an official bag or laptop with the Census Bureau logo 
  • provide a letter on official Census Bureau letterhead stating why they are there
  • provide you with their supervisor's contact information and Regional Office phone number when asked

Visit the Chicago Region Census Employee Identification page for more details.

To confirm that the person at your door is a Census Bureau employee, you can:

  • phone the Chicago Regional Office at 800.865.6384, Monday – Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • look up the Census surveyor's name or number on the Census Bureau Staff Search

What will I be asked?

What will I be asked on the 2020 Census? 

  • Questions about how many people are living at your home as of April 1, 2020.
  • Whether the home owned or rented.
  • The sex, age and race of each person in the household.
  • Whether each person in the household is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish in origin.
  • The relationship of each person in the household to one central person.

View a sample of the 2020 Census survey on the Census website.

Visit the 2020 Census About page to view the full question list.

What will I be asked on the American Community Survey?

  • Housing information
  • Education Attainment
  • Employment information

For the full example of the American Community Survey form, visit the ACS page.