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African Americans are considered hard to count because we are historically a marginalized group. When national censuses miss members of hard to count populations it can lead to skewed demographic estimates, underrepresentation within government, and inefficient allocation of public and private resources.

It's important that you respond to the 2020 Census

You can shape the future for yourself, your family, and your community for the next 10 years. The data that is collected in the 2020 Census is to guide the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to give support to communities each year. The information collected in the census is used to create employment, repair roads, build hospitals and fire stations and ensure public safety preparedness.

Make sure everyone in your household is counted

It is important to count every person living in your household, even if they are staying only temporarily. This includes relatives, nonrelatives, and children as young as one day old. An estimated 5 percent of kids under the age of five were not counted in the 2010 Census. That’s about 1 million young children—the highest of any age group. When children are missed in the census, programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program miss out on funding that is based on the number of children counted.

You can trust that the Census is safe for you and your household

We recognize that some people have serious concerns about confidentiality and how their data might be used when they fill out the census. Census Bureau can’t disclose your individual census responses and the government can’t use census data for any reason that’s not purely statistical. All responses are confidential and protected by law. Your personal information will never be shared with law enforcement agencies or property managers, and it cannot be used against you in any way.

Responding to the census takes just a few minutes. All you have to do is simply answer a handful of questions online, by phone, or by mail.


If you are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, here are some ways to verify the individual is a Census Bureau employee:

• The field representative will present an ID badge that includes:

• their name,
• their photograph,
• a Department of Commerce watermark, and
• an expiration date.

• A field representative will be carrying an official bag with the Census Bureau logo or a laptop for conducting the survey.

• The field representative will provide you with a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence.

• Field representatives conduct their work between the hours of 9am and 9pm, local time.

• Upon request, the field representative will provide you with their supervisor’s contact information and/or the phone number for your Census Bureau Regional Office. The Regional Office supervises the activities of all field representatives in your area.

If you wish to independently confirm that the person at your door is a Census Bureau employee, you can enter their name in the Census Bureau’s staff search website, or contact the Regional Office for your state.


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Regional Office Contacts


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George Grandy Jr., Regional Director

Atlanta Regional Office
101 Marietta Street, NW, Suite 3200
Atlanta, GA 30303-2700

(404) 730-3832 or 1-800-424-6974
FAX: (404) 730-3835
TDD: (404) 730-3963

States Served
• Alabama
• Florida
• Georgia
• Louisiana
• Mississippi
• North Carolina
• South Carolina


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Marilyn A. Sanders, Regional Director

Chicago Regional Office
1111 W. 22nd Street, Suite 400
Oak Brook, IL 60523-1918

(630) 288-9200 or 1-800-865-6384
FAX: (630) 288-9288
TDD: (708) 562-1791

States Served
• Arkansas
• Illinois
• Indiana
• Iowa
• Michigan
• Minnesota
• Missouri
• Wisconsin


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Cathy L. Lacy, Regional Director

Denver Regional Office
6950 W. Jefferson Avenue, Suite 250
Lakewood, CO 80235

(720) 962-3700 or 1-800-852-6159
FAX: (303) 969-6777
TDD: (303) 969-6767

States Served
• Arizona
• Colorado
• Kansas
• Montana
• Nebraska
• New Mexico
• North Dakota
• Oklahoma
• South Dakota
• Texas
• Utah
• Wyoming


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Julie Lam, Regional Director

Los Angeles Regional Office
15350 Sherman Way, Suite 400
Van Nuys, CA 91406-4224

(818) 267-1700 or 1-800-992-3530
FAX: (818) 267-1714
TDD: (818) 904-6249

States Served
• Alaska
• California
• Hawaii
• Idaho
• Nevada
• Oregon
• Washington


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Jeff T. Behler, Regional Director

New York Regional Office
32 Old Slip, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10005

(212) 584-3400 or 1-800-991-2520
FAX: (212) 584-3402
TDD: (212) 478-4793

States Served
• Connecticut
• Maine
• Massachusetts
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New York
• Puerto Rico
• Rhode Island
• Vermont


Fernando E. Armstrong, Regional Director

Philadelphia Regional Office
100 South Independence Mall West
Suite 410
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2320

(215) 717-1800 or 1-800-262-4236
FAX: (215) 717-0755
TDD: (215) 717-0894

States Served
• Delaware
• District of Columbia
• Kentucky
• Maryland
• Ohio
• Pennsylvania
• Tennessee
• Virginia
• West Virginia