The U.S. Census Bureau compiles information from household surveys to produce statistics that describe populations and their characteristics, such as age, education, housing and income. We collect this data by asking household members to provide information about the people who live in the house, apartment, mobile home or group housing.
For households, once we select your household for a survey or census, we send you an official letter from the U.S. Census Bureau director. We address the letter to “resident”.
To verify that a household survey is legitimate, please refer to our list of Household Surveys first. If you still have questions or concerns contact the Regional Office for your state and ask, “Am I in a survey?”
We conduct household surveys:
The Census Bureau will always tell you whether your participation is mandatory or voluntary, and we encourage you to answer all questions asked. To learn more about which surveys require mandatory participation, please find your survey - List of All Surveys.
When the data are processed, we remove all personally identifiable information so no person or household is recognizable. The combined data yield general facts and figures such as the number of people with a high school diploma in a given state. People and businesses then use these statistics to study trends, reach conclusions, and make informed decisions.
To learn more about our Household Surveys, use the links below.
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