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Respond to the 2023 Census Test

Did you receive a letter or postcard requesting your response to this test?

The 2023 Census Test concluded on April 4, 2023. We are no longer collecting responses for this test. At this time, no further action is required from you.

About the Test

The 2023 Census Test was designed to provide insight into how people engage with the online questionnaire and the invitation materials they receive in the mail. This test was conducted as part of a small-scale testing program aimed at gathering initial data about proposed enhancements for the 2030 Census design.

The test invited 15,500 households across the country to respond to the census test questionnaire online or by mail.

The data that respondents provided are solely for research purposes, and any personally identifiable information will never be released in any format. The Census Bureau will not produce census counts from this test. However, respondents' participation in this census test will help the Census Bureau prepare for the 2030 Census.

Frequently Asked Questions

The test concluded on April 4, 2023. We are no longer collecting responses for this test. At this time, no further action is required from you.

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The U.S. Census Bureau chose your address, not you personally, as part of a randomly selected sample. Your address was selected to represent a cross section of other households in your community.

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The U.S. Census Bureau chose addresses, not people, as part of a randomly selected sample. Your address was not among the addresses selected for this test.

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The Census Bureau estimated that completing the questionnaire would take 10 minutes on average. Send comments regarding this time estimate or any other feedback about time spent completing the questionnaire to adrm.pra@census.gov. Use Paperwork Reduction Project 0607-0971 as the subject.

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By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses for statistical purposes. This test is specifically designed to help inform 2030 Census planning.

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Yes. The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information (Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 9). The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your confidentiality.

Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information. Violating the confidentiality of a respondent is a federal crime with serious penalties, including a federal prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Only authorized individuals have access to the stored data, and the information you provide to the Census Bureau may only be used by a restricted number of authorized individuals who are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of your individual responses. Your answers cannot be used by any government agency or court.

For more information about how we protect your information, please use the following link: Data Protection and Privacy Policy. This page also includes information about the collection, storage, and use of these records. Click on "System of Records Notices (SORN)" or visit https://osec.doc.gov/opog/PrivacyAct/PrivacyAct_SORNs.html. Look for Privacy Act System of Records Notice COMMERCE/CENSUS-5, Decennial Census Program.

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Page Last Revised - April 3, 2023
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