2010 Census work begins today | PostIndependent.com

2010 Census work begins today

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood residents can expect to get a knock on the door from a representative of the U.S. Census Bureau in preparation for the 2010 Census.

The Census Bureau will begin verifying and updating more than 145 million addresses on April 9, in preparation for the nationwide census that will begin next year. The purpose is to ensure accuracy of next year’s Census delivery lists.

“A complete and accurate address list is the cornerstone of a successful census,” said Director of the Denver Regional Census Center Cathy Illian. “Work done by our field staff in early operations updates the address lists for the delivery of next year’s questionnaires.”

The work will ensure more people receive their forms and that more people return them, Illian said.

For the first time, field staff will use global positioning system (GPS) enabled handheld computers to make census delivery lists as accurate as possible and to ensure geographic accuracy as well. The ability to capture GPS coordinates for most of the nation’s housing units will greatly reduce the number of coding questions caused by paper maps in previous counts, and will further increase the accuracy of delivery lists.

Each temporary Census employee will have an official identification badge with the employee’s signature and an expiration date to easily identify actual Census employees.

All Census information collected, including addresses, are confidential and protected by law.

The 2010 Census is one of the largest community-mobilization efforts of the decade and the work benefits local communities and its residents. Nationally, $300 billion in federal funding each year will come back to local areas based, in part, on Census data. Dollars will be used for roads, schools, education, housing and other community-based projects.

For more information about the Census visit http://www.2010Census.gov.

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