As the 2020 Census approaches, Prescott and area residents will begin to see Census Bureau workers out and about in their communities.
Decennial Census Address Canvassers, who verify addresses in preparation for the Census, will be in the area through July, and permanent annual surveyors may currently be in Yavapai County.
The public is reminded to ensure they are being visited by an official representative.
Census Bureau employees must present an ID badge that includes a photograph of the field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Workers may also be carrying a Census Bureau phone or laptop, as well as a bag with a Census Bureau logo.
There are a number of ongoing data collection activities conducted year-round, either in person or by phone, which include:
- Current Population Survey
- American Community Survey – Housing Unit
- National Crime Victimization Survey
- National Health Interview Survey
- Consumer Expenditure Survey
- Survey of Income and Program Participation
- American Housing Survey
Residents are encouraged to ask which survey they are responding to and, if they are not sure they are dealing with an official employee, to call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. The public can also call their local law enforcement office to file a report if they suspect suspicious activity.
The timeline for self-response to the 2020 Census will begin in mid-March, when the public will receive their official Census Questionnaire to their residence address. Post Office box holders will receive an invite via postcard to contact the Census Bureau for a written questionnaire (must be mailed to a physical address or can be dropped off by a Census worker in person), or to complete their survey either online or by phone.
As the Census date nears, the City of Prescott, Yavapai County and other local jurisdictions will be keeping residents updated and informed on how and why they should respond to the survey.
City Website: Go to https://www.prescott-az.gov/ Click on Census 2020 from the home page.
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