|Many Census-Takers Working on Memorial Day Weekend|
Census Workers Continue to Gather Data for National Headcount
While most of Working America takes Memorial Day weekend off, tens of thousands of U.S. Census Bureau workers will continue their tasks of obtaining a complete count of the nation’s population.
The Memorial Day holiday weekend (including Memorial Day, Monday, May 31) gives U.S. Census Bureau employees another chance to contact individuals at home. Since May 1, more than 600,000 temporary census workers have been visiting households that didn’t mail back their 2010 Census information to the Census Bureau by mid April. Between May and mid July, census workers will visit more than 48 million households across the United States, asking the basic questions found on the 2010 Census questionnaire.
Those who are visited by an enumerator (census workers who go door to door) can honor the 230-year history of the decennial census by answering the basic questions the 2010 Census poses. Also, a large number of census workers are military veterans. The Census Bureau gives preference to job candidates who have served in and have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.
It’s important that households cooperate with census workers so the Census Bureau can get a complete statistical portrait of the United States.
Urban planners use the resulting statistics to identify where highways, bus routes and train stations ought to go. The federal government uses that data to help determine where to direct more than $400 billion in federal funding annually, paying for expenses such as school lunches, college tuition and medical care. Census data also determines Congressional representation.
Census workers won’t ask for financial information or for social security numbers. They also won’t ask to enter your home. Census workers will carry confidentiality notices, census forms and ID’s displaying their names and a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark. Some will carry black canvas “U.S. Census Bureau” bags. Those who want to verify the employment of a census worker in the Dallas region (which covers Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi) may call 800-563-6499. To view the census form and read its questions, visit http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/interactive-form.php.
For more information about how to identify a census worker and the extra steps the Census Bureau has taken to protect confidential information, go to http://2010.census.gov/2010census/privacy/more-security-topics.php.