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Posted on: August 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Census Takers in Your Neighborhood

Westmont, Illinois
Date Issued: August 21, 2020

Starting this month, census takers will start visiting homes in Westmont that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.  Census takers will interview households to record your census data.  Census takers will make up to six attempts at each housing unit address to count possible residents. This includes leaving notification of the attempted visit on the door.  The notification will include reminder information on how to respond online, by paper or by phone.  In addition, census workers may try to reach the household by phone to conduct the interview.

What To Expect

Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home.  All census takers complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods.

Census takers are hired from your area, and their goal is to help you and everyone in your home be counted in the 2020 Census.  If the census taker who visits your home does not speak your language, you may request a return visit from a census taker who does speak your language.

If you respond online or by phone today, a census taker is less likely to have to visit your home to collect your response.  The online portal will close at the end of September.  

What a Census Taker Will or Won’t Do

A Census Taker WILL:

  • Carry a white, government-issued ID card with official U.S. Census Bureau seal and
    their name handwritten on it and/or a black shoulder bag with “U.S. Census Bureau” written on it.
  • Introduce themselves and show you the confidentiality statement.
  • Census takers will have a flashcard containing a sentence about the 2010 Census
    written in approximately 50 languages.
  • If asked, provide contact information for a supervisor and/or the Local Census Office
    for verification.
  •  Ask only the questions that are on the questionnaire.

A Census Taker WILL NOT:

  • Ask to enter your home.
  • Ask about your Social Security number or immigration status.
  • Ask for your income, bank account number, or other financial information.
  • Ask for PINs or passwords.
  • Ask for a donation or money.

How Can You Verify That Someone Is a Census Taker?

If someone visits your home this year to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.  Census workers may also carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the Census Bureau logo.

If you still have questions about their identity, you can speak with a Census Bureau representative by calling 312-579-1500. 

For more information about the 202 Census or to fill out your census questionnaire please visit the 2020 Census website.


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
Communications Director/Public Information Officer

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