The Census Bureau estimates that, for the average household, this survey will take 40 minutes to complete, including the time for reviewing the instructions and answers. Scroll down this page to learn more details.
If you have received your Census survey form and do not have questions, you may select the button below to get started now. Please enter the 8-digit number that appears in the left side of the green bar at the bottom of the survey screen.
How OCCUR can help. We offer free computer access at our technology center to help residents submit response. If you would like to learn more before completing your survey, please sign up for one of our informational workshops.
About Household Surveys
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. To determine the sample of households that are selected to be in a survey, we use a variety of sources, some samples are address-based, others are telephone number- or person-based.
For household surveys, once we select your address, we send you an official letter from the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Because most surveys are “addressed-based,” and we do not know who lives there, most letters are addressed to “the resident of.”
To verify that a household survey is legitimate, please refer to our list of Household Surveys first. You can also verify that the person contacting you is a Census Bureau employee by entering the name into the Census Bureau Staff Search. 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:
About Business Surveys
The U.S. Census Bureau measures the pulse of the American economy through its business surveys and censuses. Business data collected from various sectors of the economy, such as, manufacturing, construction, retail trade, and health care, along with data collected from state and local governments and international trade provide the most up to date economic view of the country. Our statistics help businesses compare their operations to industry norms, find new markets and inform key decisions. We conduct more than 60 monthly, quarterly, annual and periodic surveys and censuses throughout the year and while some survey participation is voluntary, Federal law mandates participation in many of our business surveys. Even so, we want to encourage businesses to participate for the following reasons:
How we collect the data When a business is selected to participate in a survey or census, they will receive a survey invitation via mail, email or fax. The invitation will provide the instructions, and credentials needed to complete the survey. The invitation will also contain information letting them know:
Some businesses may be contacted prior to receiving a letter as a few of our economic surveys conduct pre-screener operations to confirm/collect contact information or to determine eligibility. Once we receive the data, we review and analyze the data extensively and take special precautions to avoid the disclosure of our sources.