Census work has begun, accurate count crucial for region's future

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Pima County

Census work has begun, accurate count crucial for region's future

PIMA COUNTY, Sept. 4, 2019 - The U.S. Census Bureau is now conducting address canvassing operations in the region for the April 1, 2020 Census. The purpose is to deliver a list of correct addresses so residents can respond online, by phone or by mail to Census questionnaires.  If the questionnaire is not sent in, then Census field workers will have to visit the address.  About 35 percent of addresses need to be verified. 

Use of technology has assisted with identifying every place where people could live or stay, comparing what they see on the ground to the existing census address list and verifying, correcting, or adding address and location information, as appropriate. However, Census workers still need to visit many areas in person. 

Security is important. Field workers will have an ID badge that includes their name, photography, a Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. They also will carry an official bag or laptop with the Census logo for conducting the survey. The worker will provide a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence. Workers are in the field form 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Upon request, census field workers will provide contact information to their supervisor or Census Bureau Regional Office if you have questions.

Access is important. Pima County asks that all neighborhoods accommodate Census workers to ensure as much participation as possible in the 2020 Census.  Even if you are in a gated community.  Data collected in the Census is used to determine in legislative redistricting, transportation planning and funding decisions, community assistance programs, and drives economic development decisions.  

Find additional Census 2020 information here

Media Contact: Carla Blackwell, Director Pima County Development Services