Census Address Listers Hitting Streets
Census address listers are out and about in the community, and the U.S. Census Bureau wants the public to be aware of the situation.
The Census Bureau is reminding people that census address listers wear official identification badges and use handheld computers to record addresses, according to a press release.
The release also says that the 5,000 employees combing North Carolina streets building an address list for the 2010 Census might also carry black workbags with the words "U.S. Census Bureau" on them.
"Anyone who is worried by someone gazing at his house or knocking at her door should ask for identification," said William W. Hatcher, regional director in the Charlotte Regional Census Center, which supports 2010 Census operations in South Carolina and four other states. "You can ask for the address lister's name and the phone number of the local census office to call and verify employment. We want residents to feel safe so that census workers can safely do their jobs."
Address listers are updating and completing a confidential address list that will be used to mail or deliver 2010 Census questionnaires next March. The address canvassing operation began April 6 in the state and will continue through mid-summer. Address listers use handheld computers that capture GPS information as they verify an address and ask residents about additional living quarters on the premises.
Hatcher stressed that census workers never ask for a bank account number or social security information during 2010 Census operations. The 2010 Census will be America's 23rd decennial census, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
"Our address listers record only address information during this operation," Hatcher said. "All of the information the Census Bureau gathers in the decennial census, as well as other surveys and censuses, is strictly confidential."
Five local census offices opened in North Carolina in 2008 to supervise the current address canvassing operation. They are located in Asheville (828) 239-1130, Charlotte (704) 644-6200, Fayetteville (910) 221-6270, Greensboro (336) 517-3130 and Greenville (252) 493-7020. Later this year, 10 more local census offices will open in the state to support 2010 Census operations, according to the release.
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