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Posted on: August 14, 2019

U.S. Census Reps in Surprise neighborhoods beginning Aug. 18 for address verification

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Starting this month, you may begin to notice U.S. Census Bureau representatives in your neighborhood as they verify addresses in preparation for next year’s Census. The Census is a count of America’s population and is required by the U.S. Constitution each decade. The next one is April 1, 2020. 

In order to get an accurate and complete population count, Census representatives work to verify addresses before the Census survey is sent out. Those representatives are called address canvassers, and they verify address lists across a wide area of physical geography, housing structures, and residence types. Part of this effort involves them being on the ground – noting where houses, apartments, shelters, and other residences are located.

Between August 18 and October 11, Census representatives will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhoods they are canvassing. 

You can explore where the U.S. Census Bureau plans to send address canvassers with this interactive map

If you are visited by someone from the U.S. Census Bureau, here are some tips to assure the validity of the field representative:


•    Census takers must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

•    Note that census workers may be carrying a Census Bureau phone or a laptop as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.

•    If you still have questions, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Please note, if you are visited by an address canvasser, you are not being counted for the 2020 Census. You will still need to respond to the Census when the official count begins next year.

By April 2020, every household in the United States will receive an invitation to participate in the Census. This will be the first Census in which you will be able to respond online, by phone, as well as by mail. 

The Census shapes your community and your future. The results are critically important because census data helps businesses, researchers, and policymakers all make decisions. The data could show, for example, that the community needs a new fire department or hospital, more funding for school lunches, or more services for single-parent families. Each year, the results help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities.

The information you provide is vital to planning, but it’s also secure and private. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share your answers by name with others, including welfare agencies, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Internal Revenue Service, courts, police and the military.

Learn more about the Census at www.surpriseaz.gov/census2020.

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