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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mailed your census questionnaire back yet?

Unfortunately, too many in Bellevue would say no to this question today. As of Tuesday, April 13, only 68 percent of the city's households had mailed in their Census questionnaires. Please take 10 minutes to fill out the form and return it.

If Bellevue's population is undercounted, the city will lose millions in federal funding for key programs and services over the next 10 years. The city won't be properly represented in Congress or the state Legislature either.

In 2000, 76 percent of Bellevue households mailed back their census questionnaires by the end of the mail-in period. People have until April 30 to improve on that this year. Census takers will begin knocking on doors for households who have not responded by Friday, April 16.

Response is better than 80 percent in the Somerset, Westwood Highlands, Summit and Forest Ridge neighborhoods. However, participation at Crossroads, downtown and the east side of Bridle trails is less than 56 percent. Renters and people who don't speak English as a first language -- considered "hard to count" -- are concentrated in the neighborhoods with low participation rates. participation rate by neighborhood

Starting in May, census takers will begin visiting people who did not return their forms. The Census Bureau must spend an average of $57 to follow up with these households to collect information.

All census enumerators will carry official government badges marked with their name. To confirm a census taker's identity, you may ask for a picture identification from another source, such as a driver's license or credit card. Some census workers may also carry a "U.S. Census Bureau" bag. If you still are not certain about a census taker's identity, you may call the local Census office at 425-908-3000 to confirm the person's employment. A census taker will NEVER, under any circumstances, ask to enter your home.

If you need a census form, call one of the following numbers. Give your answers over the phone or request a form be sent to where you live. Telephone Questionnaire Assistance:

  • English - 1-866-872-6868
  • Chinese: 1-866-935-2010
  • Korean: 1-866-955-2010
  • Russian: 1-866-965-2010
  • Spanish: 1-866-928-2010
  • Vietnamese: 1-866-945-2010
  • TDD (Telephone Display Device for the hearing impaired): 1-866-783-2010

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Planning & Community Development
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Gwen Rousseau
Phone: 425-452-2743
E-mail: grousseau@bellevuewa.gov

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