The U.S. Census Bureau launched address canvassing throughout the country last week, including here in Kitsap County, as the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Census Bureau employees (listers) have started walking local neighborhoods verifying addresses. The listers are area residents hired to help with the project. Their work continues through mid-October, with the actual census count getting underway in 2020.
Listers identify every place where people could stay, whether temporary or permanent. They compare what they see on the ground to the existing census address list and then verify, correct or add address and location information as needed. If the lister does not find anyone home, they will verify and update the address information by observation.
Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau's address list of households nationwide, adding new housing developments, changes in existing homes and other housing units that did not previously exist. This is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the 2020 census.
The address list plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States.
To help identify address listers, employees will have badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau. They will knock on doors and ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census.
Employees will introduce themselves as a Census Bureau employee, show their official government identification badge (sample below), and explain the purpose of the visit. People may also ask them for a picture from another source to confirm their identity.
About 30 percent of all addresses in Kitsap County will be canvassed. The 2020 Census: In-Field Address Canvassing (IFAC) Viewer provides county information on areas that listers will visit.
This operation is one of several activities the Census Bureau conducts for an accurate and complete count. The Census Bureau also partners with the U.S. Postal Service and tribal, state and local officials to update the address list.
Census worker ID badge sample front/back:
For a brief video about address canvassing, including how to identify address listers, click here.
The 2020 Census officially starts counting people in January. Most households in the country will start receiving invitations to respond online, by phone or by mail in March 2020.
The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed back to states and local communities every year for services and infrastructure, including health care, jobs, schools, roads and businesses.
If you have any questions or want to verify a lister, please contact the West Coast Regional Census Office in Los Angeles at (213) 314-6500. For more information on the 2020 Census, visit the Census Bureau website .
Census workers are still needed - paid jobs are available now in Kitsap County. Go to https://2020census.gov/jobs.
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