What is a Census Taker?
Open the door to a census taker and open doors
for your community.
From April to July 2010, the Census Bureau will knock on the door of every household that does not mail back a completed 2010 Census form.
It's critical you take just 10 minutes to fill out and mail back your form rather than wait for a census taker to show up on your doorstep. About $85 million in taxpayer dollars are saved for every one percent increase in mail response.
A census taker is a person from your community who is hired by the Census Bureau to make sure your neighborhood gets represented as accurately as possible. The census taker's primary responsibility is to collect census information from residences that have not sent back their 2010 Census form.
- The Census Bureau provides the census taker with a binder containing all of the addresses which 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 that home up to three times, each time leaving a door hanger featuring a phone number; residents can call the number on the hanger to schedule the visit.
The census taker will ONLY ask the questions that appear on the census form. 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.
Do I have to talk to the census taker?
Yes. Your participation in the 2010 Census is vital and required by law, (Section 221, of Title 13 of the U.S. Code). However, rather than rely on criminal charges, the Census Bureau is very successful in getting participation by explaining the importance of the questions we ask and how the information benefits our communities.
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