Census takers to begin visiting Oak Ridgers Aug. 11

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2020) – Census takers will be working their way through Oak Ridge beginning Aug. 11, so those who have not responded to the 2020 Census yet will get a final chance to complete the questionnaire and be counted in this decade’s Census.

This is an important activity because the number of people counted in our community determines how much federal funding we receive to support public safety, education, healthcare, roads and much more for the next ten years.

So far, only about 70% of Oak Ridgers have responded. With an estimated population of 30,000, that means we still need about 9,000 more people to respond.

Here’s what will happen if a census taker comes to your door:

  • The person will be wearing a mask and will stay at least six feet away from your door after knocking or ringing the bell.
  • They will present a government-issued photo I.D. so you can verify that they are a census worker. You are welcome to ask them for a second photo I.D. as well.
  • They will also be carrying a bag with the census logo and a data collection device such as a cell phone or tablet with the census bureau logo on it.
  • If you would like to further verify that the person is a census taker, you can call the Philadelphia Regional Census Center at 267-780-2600 and provide the name of the person visiting you.

The census taker will only ask for the name of the householder, whether they are renting or purchasing/own the home, a contact phone number, and the name, birthdate, race, and relationship to the householder for each person living in the home. They will also ask whether this is the person's primary residence. This should take 5 to 10 minutes. 

Everything you say to a census taker is confidential under federal law and cannot be shared with anyone, including any government agency. Census responses can never be used against you in any way.

If you would like to avoid answering these questions on your porch, you can self-respond to the census online at 2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020, or mail back the completed paper questionnaire if you received one.