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About the Puerto Rico Community Survey

La Encuesta sobre la Comunidad de Puerto Rico

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What is the Puerto Rico Community Survey?

The Puerto Rico Community Survey provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to manage change. It is part of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, customized for Puerto Rico.

The form is produced in Spanish and English. Survey results are used to help make sure that your community gets a fair share of federal funds.

To help Puerto Rico and municipal leaders, we ask about:

  • age
  • sex
  • race
  • family & relationships
  • income and benefits
  • health insurance
  • education
  • veteran status
  • disabilities
  • where you work & how you get there
  • where you live & how much you pay for some essentials

How is the Puerto Rico Community Survey Different from the American Community Survey?

Though the Puerto Rico Community Survey is part of the American Community Survey, there are differences amongst the surveys in phrasing and terminology. To read a comparison between the American Community Survey and the Puerto Rico Community Survey, download the comparison factsheet.

Why did I get a Puerto Rico Community Survey?

Your address was selected as a part of a sample and represents thousands of other households like yours. To produce the best statistics, we have to include all the addresses selected for the sample.

What is the Puerto Rico Community Survey?

Do I have to answer these questions?

Yes. You are legally obligated to answer all the questions, as accurately as you can.

Your answers are important. As part of a sample, you represent many other people living in Puerto Rico.

How do I benefit?

The information that the Census Bureau collects helps to determine how federal funding is spent on infrastructure and services. Your answers help the federal government, Puerto Rico and municipal leaders make decisions about new highways, schools, hospitals, offices, community centers, and emergency services.

How to respond or get help with your form

Do you have questions about the Puerto Rico Community Survey? Have you lost the form? Would you rather complete the form over the phone?

Call toll-free 1-800-717-7381. For the hearing impaired, please call TDD 1-800-786-9448.

¿Necesita ayuda? Llame 1-800-814-8385.

What is the Puerto Rico Community Survey?

Respond by mail

Fill out the form and mail it back in the postage-paid return envelope. If you have trouble answering a question, call us and we will help you.

Pen or pencil? Use a pen with blue or black ink, or a #2 pencil.

If you have lost the envelope, send your completed questionnaire to:

U.S. Census Bureau
P.O. Box 5240
Jeffersonville, IN 47199-5240

Respond by phone

Call 1-800-717-7381 to answer the Puerto Rico Community Survey over the phone, or for other help.

We may also call if you have 6 or more people at your address, since the mail-in form only has room for 5.

In-Person interview

If we don't hear from you by mail or phone, a Census Bureau field representative may visit you in person to help you complete the Puerto Rico Community Survey.

Supplemental Information

If you live in or manage group housing such as a dorm, nursing home, barracks, etc., please visit For People Living in Group Housing for special instructions.

Page Last Revised - March 13, 2023
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