Census Workers Will Canvas Neighborhoods Starting This Month, So Don’t Call the Cops

By Robert Haugh

From August to mid-October 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau will do neighborhood address canvassing across the country.  That means official census workers may go door to door in Santa Clara and elsewhere.

The Census Bureau says that it has workers from the community to visit local neighborhoods and confirm the location of houses, apartments, and shelters. 

According to official press releases, census employees can be recognized in the following ways:

  • They will have an official government badge with their name, a photo, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.

  • They will carry an official Census Bureau bag and laptop with the Census Bureau logo.

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

The Census Bureau says that most changes to addresses will be done by satellite images. So not all neighborhoods will be visited by a Census Bureau representative. 

You can see if your neighborhood will be visited by a census worker with this map created by the Census Bureau. 

You can also confirm that the canvasser is an official employee by searching for their name in the Census Bureau Staff Search

Or you can visit www.santaclaraca.gov/census2020 for more info about census activities in Santa Clara.


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  2. No, canvassers (aka enumerators, aka listers) are NOT in that database. Only the full-time long-term office employees, who have been assigned personalized email addresses, are in that database.

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