Yes, your information is secure. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau must keep your information confidential.

The Census has the strongest confidentiality guarantees in the federal government. It’s illegal for the U.S. Census Bureau to share your information with other government agencies, companies, or your landlord. Breaking this law has severe penalties, including a fine of up to $250,000 and/or up to five years in prison.

A Census worker will never ask for your Social Security number or information about your bank accounts or credit cards. Never share this information with anyone you do not know or trust.

If you want to make sure the person at your door is really a Census worker, check their badge. All Census workers have an official U.S. Census Bureau ID badge. The badge will include their name, picture, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. They will also be carrying an official bag with the Census Bureau logo and an official letter explaining why they are visiting.

No, the Census will not ask if you’re a U.S. citizen. You may have heard about this in the news. In the end, this question was not added to the survey. Everyone should respond to the Census, including non-citizens.

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