As the 2020 Census approaches, local residents will begin to see Census Bureau workers out and about in their communities.
However, the public is reminded to ensure they are being visited by an official representative.
Decennial Census Address Canvassers, who verify addresses in preparation for the Census, will be in the area from mid-August to October, and permanent annual surveyors may currently be in Cochise County.
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 badge 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 and 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 an invite via postcard to complete their survey either online or by phone. Residents wishing to respond via mail must request a paper survey. Anyone with a PO Box will have a paper survey dropped off by a Census Bureau employee.
Census Day will be April 1, 2020. For a list of key dates and timelines visit https://2020census.gov/en/important-dates.html and to download a Census fact sheet visit https://www.census.gov/library/fact-sheets/2019/dec/2020-invites-everyone.html
As the Census date nears, Cochise County and other local jurisdictions will be keeping residents updated and informed on how and why they should respond to the survey.