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Census Bureau Press Release: Door-to-Door Visits Begin

Census Takers to Follow Up with About 48 Million Households Nationwide

WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — About 635,000 2010 Census takers across the nation begin going door to door tomorrow to follow up with households that either didn’t mail back their form or didn’t receive one. An estimated 48 million addresses will be visited through July 10.


“America’s had a very successful first half of the 2010 Census, where more than 72 percent of the nation’s households mailed back their census forms,” U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves said. “But achieving a complete and accurate census requires us to now go door to door to count all the remaining households we’ve not heard back from.”

If a 2010 Census worker knocks on your door, here are some ways to verify that person is a legitimate census taker:

  • The census taker must present an ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date.  The census taker may also be carrying a black canvass bag with a Census Bureau logo.
  • The census taker will provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the local census office phone number for verification, if asked.
  • The census taker will only ask you the questions that appear on the 2010 Census form.
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    4 Responses to “Census Bureau Press Release: Door-to-Door Visits Begin”

    1. Anonymous Says:

      Crew Leaders for the NRFU are telling their enumerators that there is only 1 to 2 weeks of NRFU work. In training, they were told 3 to 4 months of work.

    2. Anonymous Says:

      We start tomorrow for NRFU in California. We have not seen or heard how many binders we have yet. The crew leaders get them tonight or early tomorrow.

    3. Anonymous Says:

      Also in addition to previous post about NRFU in California. I can’t speak for everywhere, but I worked for Census 2000 and am employed now as a enumerator and we were never, ever at any time guaranteed work for any amount of time. We are temporary employees and if there is no more work we will be terminated at that time. We may be hired back for another follow up later. I was in 2000. Anybody who is guaranteeing time is either lying to their employees or misinformed.

    4. Kevin Says:

      Yup, everyone in my GQE was told that work would last 6-weeks when it actually was 2. Friends in NRFU were told that work would last till August. For this to be true, they have to work really really really slowly.