Some Consumers will Receive Additional Survey with Census Materialsby Nick LaFleur on Mar. 17, 2010, under Life
Better Business Bureau is reminding Southern Arizona consumers that some of them may receive an additional survey in the Census mailings most Americans are receiving this week. Two percent of Census mailings will include and additional set of questions called the American Community Survey (ACS).
The survey, which is sent out in addition to the traditional Census form, is 69 questions long, and is more in depth that the 10 question Census form. The survey will ask more sensitive questions that, for example, pertain to consumers’ yearly income. However, BBB wants to assure consumers that the survey is not a scam.
Facts about the American Community Survey:
- The American Community Survey, an ongoing survey of about 3 million households annually, replaced the former once-a-decade census long form.
- Census officials say that answering both the Census and the ACS is important so that leaders and planners in your community have accurate data to make better-informed decisions.
- The information you provide on the ACS not only helps determine the share of federal funds your community will receive, but will also help the government establish goals, identify problems and solutions, and measure the performance of programs.
If consumers have any questions about the census forms they receive in the mail, or think they may have recieved a fake, they can visit www.census.gov for more information.