News Release

U.S. Census Bureau Targets WPB Area

May 22, 2013

(West Palm Beach, FL)  – I bet you thought the U.S. Census Bureau only does its national head count every 10 years.

It turns out the government bureau responsible to telling us how many of “us” there are never stops counting.

Right now, the agency is working on an American Housing Survey (AHS) for the United States Housing and Urban Development Agency.

The survey is being conducted in every county in Florida, but six areas across the state are also going to be the subject of special metropolitan area sampling for HUD.  Palm Beach County is one of the six metro areas getting the “special treatment.”  The others include metropolitan areas of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville.

Most households that are included in the national or metro sample will receive a notification packet in the mail consisting of: 1) a letter explaining the survey and how their household was selected; 2) FAQs; and, 3) AHS worksheet to be completed by the household prior to the interview with the census field representatives.

The field representatives may conduct the household interviews in person or by telephone.

The new census count is expected to last throughout the summer.

Residents will be able to verify if the census field representative works for the Census Bureau by asking for their employee code and contacting the census office on the notice.

For information on the American Housing Survey, please contact the American Housing Survey Branch at 1-888-518-7365 (toll free) or email

All census information is confidential and protected by law.

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