American Community Survey is not a scam: The Real Deal

Published 06/03 2014 03:26PM

Updated 06/04 2014 07:25PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – It’s been years since the last US Census but Americans are still being asked to fill out a questionnaire. Some Central New Yorkers are wondering whether or not the survey is a scam.

The American Community Survey is an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population each year.

The US Census is conducted every 10 years.

The American Community Survey includes questions about income, education, and race – among other items.

Your answers help government leaders make decisions about schools, road products, children, veterans, and senior services.

The data gives communities the information they need to plan investments and services. Residents are legally obligated to answer all the questions.

The Census Bureau says all of the information you provide is kept confidential.

By law, they cannot share individual answers with anyone.

They will never ask for sensitive information such as your Social Security number or your credit-card numbers.

In some cases, they may come to your home or call you on the phone.

To verify the legitimacy of a visit or call, go to the Census web page.

If you have a question for the Your Stories team, call (315) 446-9900 or email

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