The U.S. Census Bureau measures the pulse of the American economy through its business surveys and censuses. Business data collected from various sectors of the economy, such as, manufacturing, construction, retail trade, and health care, along with data collected from state and local governments and international trade provide the most up to date economic view of the country. Our statistics help businesses compare their operations to industry norms, find new markets and inform key decisions.
We conduct more than 60 monthly, quarterly, annual and periodic surveys and censuses throughout the year and while some survey participation is voluntary, Federal law mandates participation in many of our business surveys. Even so, we want to encourage businesses to participate for the following reasons:
When a business is selected to participate in a survey or census, they will receive a survey invitation via mail or email. The invitation will provide the instructions, and credentials needed to complete the survey. The invitation will also contain information letting them know:
Once we receive the data, we review and analyze the data extensively and take special precautions to avoid the disclosure of our sources.
Some businesses may be contacted prior to receiving a letter as a few of our economic surveys conduct pre-screener operations to confirm/collect contact information or to determine eligibility.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions about updating the contact information for your organization.
Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey:
For more information on survey legitimacy or to learn more about a specific survey, click on the “List of Business Surveys” link in the next section. Once you see the survey you want, click on the “Information for Respondents” section for further details.