Welcome to the U.S. Census Bureau's
Office of Special Censuses Website
Attention: The Special Census Program is currently on hiatus as we focus our efforts on the 2010 Census. The program is expected to resume operations approximately one year after the 2010 Census.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Field Division, Office of Special Censuses
The Office of Special Censuses works with local and tribal governments to conduct censuses for their communities in the years between decennial censuses.
A Special Census is a basic enumeration of population,
housing units, and group quarters conducted by the Census Bureau
at the request of a governmental unit.
This site provides tools to help local and tribal governments
request and plan for a Special Census in their community. Get
started by visiting our Frequently
Asked Questions page.
This page contains a wealth of information about Special Censuses
- what they are, why they are conducted, who pays for them, how
data is collected, and what the legal basis is for a Special Census.
If you are already experienced in how a Special Census works and
want to conduct your governmental unit, please review the Cost
For local or tribal governments that would like to conduct a
Special Census, please review Conducting
a Special Census section for information about responsibilities
each governmental unit has when conducting a Special Census.
Customer tools, including video
and Broadcast B-roll, are
available to all Special Census
customers. Click the picture
above to preview a video
designed to encourage resident
participation in your Special
Census through public access
cable stations or other media
organizations. Apple's Quicktime
is needed to view this video.
Go here if you need
it! Set your
Streaming Transport to "Use Http,
PortID: 80" by selecting Edit,
Preferences, and then Quicktime
preferences from the Quicktime
Once you have signed an agreement with the Census Bureau to conduct
a Special Census in your community, you will receive access to the
Customer Tools section that provides you with advertising copy,
posters, fact sheets, public service announcement videos, and broadcast
B-Roll that you can use to help recruit for Census Takers and promote
resident participation in your Special Census.
If you live in a community that is conducting a Special Census
and are interested in working as a Census Taker, please visit the
section to find out more about Census jobs and how you can apply.
For more information about Special Censuses not found on this site,
please call us at 301-763-1429, or e-mail us at SpecialCensusProgram@Census.Gov