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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Census workers going door-to-door starting this weekend

Census worker with bag

If you haven’t responded to the 2020 Census, expect a visit from a worker sometime over the next two months as the government begins finalizing its count of the U.S. population.

The U.S. Census Bureau will begin its non-response follow up in Tarrant County and the North Texas region this weekend and continuing through Sept. 30.

During the follow up, also known as Enumeration, Census workers will visit every household in Tarrant County that has not responded to the 2020 Census. The goal remains the same: to gain a full and accurate count of everyone residing in Mansfield. If a household responds to the Census in the interim -- either online, by phone or mail -- they will immediately come off the follow up list and in-person follow-up will not be required. 

The Census, required by the U.S. Constitution,  is conducted every 10 years in the U.S. to gather an complete count of the nation’s population. The report is due to the President on Dec. 31. The population data obtained through the Census is used to determine Congressional representation and redistricting as well as federal funding to communities for a variety of programs and services. Local governments use Census data as they plan for infrastructure. 

Here’s what you need to know about this effort:

If a Census Worker Comes to Your Door:  Census enumerator talking with a homeowner

  • They will present an ID badge with their name, photograph, a Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date.  
  • They will have an official bag and Census Bureau-issued laptop or smartphone, bearing the Census Bureau logo. 
  • Census workers will use personal protective equipment (masks, gloves) and will follow local public health COVID-19 guidelines when they visit households, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

The Census Bureau Will Never Ask For:  

  • Your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers.  
  • Anything on behalf of a political party.  
  • Money or donations.  

 If you suspect fraud, call 844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative. More information is available at 2020census.gov.

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