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I received a survey from the U.S. Census, is it legit?

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KAUKAUNA – Some city residents have been receiving a mailing that says it’s from the U.S. Census Bureau and are wondering if it’s real or some sort of direct-mail scam.

The mailing appears to be legitimate, but here’s how you can find out.

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, according to their website HERE.

To verify that your survey is legitimate, refer to the list of household surveys HERE. If you still have questions or concerns contact the Regional Office at 1-800-865-6384.

Depending on the survey, there may be four options for responding: online, completing and mailing back the paper form, over the phone with one of our Contact Center interviewers, or a personal visit with one of our Regional Office field representatives.

To log in to respond to the survey, go HERE.

If they mailed you a form, and they did not receive a completed survey, they may follow up with a phone call or personal visit.

 

The American Community Survey currently being mailed to some Kaukauna residents is an ongoing survey that provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people, according to the Census website. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

Through the ACS, the census learns more about jobs and occupations, educational attainment, veterans, whether people own or rent their home and other topics.

Public officials, planners, and entrepreneurs use this information to assess the past and plan the future.

When you respond to the ACS, you are doing your part to help your community plan hospitals and schools, support school lunch programs, improve emergency services, build bridges, and inform businesses looking to add jobs and expand to new markets, and more, according to the Census Bureau.

 

 

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Dan Plutchak
Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.
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