The 2010 census is not over. This spring, 74 percent of Bellevue residents filled out and mailed back questionnaires, and census takers visited the residents who didn't to collect their information. To ensure that the data collected is accurate and complete, the U.S. Census Bureau has launched its "quality assurance" phase.
Quality assurance includes three major operations occurring this summer:
- Coverage follow-up: call center operators contact households to clarify respondent's answers about the number of people living at their address.
- Vacancy checks: the second quality assurance operation calls for census workers to confirm that a housing unit classified as vacant as of April 1 was in fact, unoccupied. If they find an error, they will interview the household.
- Field verification: The last operation is "field verification." If a household’s address does not match an address in their file the Census Bureau will send out a census worker to verify the location of the housing unit.
In addition to the three major quality assurance operations, the Census Bureau will also re-interview a small percentage of households each census taker visits to confirm that the census takers did their job correctly.
If yours is among the small percentage of homes re-interviewed, or visited during quality assurance operations, please take a few minutes with the census taker and help ensure the quality of the 2010 Census.
ABOUT THE 2010 CENSUS
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide.
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