Census takers begin door-to-door visits Saturday

Posted: Updated:
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Arizona residents who didn't complete their census questionnaire will be getting a visit from a census worker very soon.

According to a city of Scottsdale spokeswoman, 29 percent of Scottsdale households did not complete their census form. Glendale reports that 31 percent did not send in their form. The national response rate was 72 percent.

Beginning Saturday, census takers will be going door to door to households that did not return their questionnaire.

If a census taker visits your home, first ask to see his or her identification badge. All census workers carry official government badges marked with his or her name.

If you're still not certain about the person's identity, call your Regional Census Center at 720-475-3640 to confirm that person is employed by the Census Bureau.

Census takers will never ask to enter your home and will only ask the questions that appear on the 2010 Census questionnaire.

Answer the census form questions for your entire household so that the census taker can record the results for submission to the Census Bureau. You must be at least 15 years old to answer questions.

If the census taker comes when you are away from your home, he or she will leave a contact number, allowing you to schedule a convenient time for you and your family to complete your census.

Your privacy is protected because census workers take an oath for life to protect the information collected. Under federal law, the penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

Participation in the 2010 Census is vital and required by law. On average, every person counted in Arizona equals $1,550 in annual federal funding.

Residents who have questions about the Census Bureau's door-to-door efforts can visit www.2010.Census.gov for more information.