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Day 31 of 365 Things To Do Around the Eastside: Open Your Door to the Census Taker and Help Your Community

May 1st 2010 is the day that U.S. Census workers will start visiting every household in the United States that did not return their 2010 Census form. In King County had a 74% response rate for mailing in the 2010 Census forms; this is 2% higher than the national average of 72%.

This still leaves 16% of every household in King County left to count by a personal visit. If a Census worker knocks on your please take the 10 minutes to answer the Census questions. There are only 10 questions that need responses and each one is easy to answer. Click here for a list of the questions <Census Questions>.

Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States mandates:

“The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of 10 years, in such manner as they shall by Law direct.”

The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for things like:

–          Hospitals

–          Job training centers

–          Schools

–          Senior centers

–          Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects

–          Emergency services

The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

By being counted you are standing up for what your community’s needs are. That’s why census takers are so important. A census taker is a person from your community who is hired by the Census Bureau to make sure that your neighborhood gets represented as accurately as possible. The census takers primary responsibility is to collect census information from residences. Most of these residences have not sent back their 2010 Census form.

  • The Census Bureau provides the census taker with a binder containing all of the addresses that didn’t send back a filled out census form.

  • The census taker then visits all of those addresses and records the answers to the questions on the form.

  • If no one answers at a particular residence, a census taker will visit a home up to three times and attempt to reach the household by phone three times. The census worker will leave a double-sided (English and Spanish) NOTICE of VISIT in the doorway that includes a phone number for the resident to schedule an appointment.

The census taker will ONLY ask the questions that appear on the census form.

The 2010 Census takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously:

The census taker who collects your information is sworn for life to protect your data under Federal Law Title 13. Those who violate the oath face criminal penalties: Under federal law, the penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both.

May 2, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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