CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - On Saturday, May 1st, approximately 635,000 census takers will be deployed throughout the nation, going door-to-door to households that failed to mail back their 2010 Census form. While 62% of Cleveland successfully mailed back their form, the remaining households which did not mail back their form will receive these visits during afternoons, early evenings, and weekends between May and July. Census takers have been hired from Cleveland to visit their local community members and conduct the census in person and only ask the questions found on the form.
If a 2010 Census worker knocks on your door, here are some ways to recognize a census taker:
- The census taker must present an ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date. The census taker may also be carrying a black, canvas bag with a Census Bureau logo.
- The census taker will provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the Local Census Office phone number for verification, if asked.
- The census taker will only ask you the questions that appear on the 2010 Census form.
A census taker will never ask for your social security number, bank account number, or credit card number. Census takers will also never solicit for donations and will not solicit you by email. All census takers have passed an FBI background check that includes both name and fingerprint checks. All have taken an oath for life to protect the information they collect, and understand that they face stiff penalties, jail time or both for any disclosure of personally identifiable information.
2010 Census data will be used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census questionnaire will be one of the shortest in U.S. history and consists of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.