September 26, 2020
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Census Takers in Our Community

The U.S. Census Bureau will start visiting Oregon households that have not responded to the Census. This is part of the Non-Response Follow-Up which will end on October 31. During this time, anyone who has not completed the Census for their household can still respond online at, by phone at (844) 330-2020, or by mail until October 31.

As precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, all Census takers:

  • Will wear face masks when visiting households;
  • Have completed virtual training on the health and safety guidelines; and
  • Will conduct the interview in an outside area where social distancing of six feet can be maintained.

If you don’t feel comfortable conducting the interview in-person, you can complete the Census over the phone.

As a general reminder, Census takers:

  • Are from local communities;
  • Are usually bilingual, but if a visiting Census taker does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a Census taker who does; 
  • Will leave a no response notice with other ways to respond to the Census; 
  • Will have a valid government ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date on the badge. Regional Census Centers can be called to confirm a Census taker’s identity. For Oregon, the Regional Census Center can be reached at (213) 314-6500; 
  • Will never ask for sensitive information like Social Security numbers, bank information, or citizenship status. Additionally, all information is confidential and will not be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies; 
  • Will visit between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. of local time including weekends; and 
  • Will conduct quality checks on some households who have already responded. 

The Census will need a complete and accurate count to ensure public funding for schools, roads, fire and emergency services, hospitals, and more for the next 10 years. Be sure to fill it out or respond to a Census taker who visits you! For more information see Census Bureau regarding Census takers


What is a census and why is it important?

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

How the Census benefits your community

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in your community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:

  • Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
  • Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs.
  • Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals.
  • Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.

Census data impacts programs and services like:

•    Medicaid
•    School lunch programs
•    Community development grants
•    Road and school construction
•    Medical services
•    Business locations

The 2020 Census is important for you and your community.


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It's about fair representation.

It's about redistricting.

Your data is confidential.