The U.S. Census Bureau has begun their first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Address canvassing, currently underway across the country, improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide. This is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census. Census employees may be visiting your neighborhood.
“We were able to verify 65% of addresses using satellite imagery - a massive accomplishment for us,” said Census Bureau Geography Division Chief Deirdre Bishop. “In 2010 we had to hire 150,000 people to verify 100% of the addresses in the field, this decade we will only have to hire about 40,000 employees around the nation to verify the remaining 35% of addresses.”
Census Bureau employees (listers) have started walking through certain neighborhoods across the country checking addresses not verified via satellite imagery. In-field address canvassing will continue through mid-October. Listers 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.
To help identify address listers working for the U.S. Census Bureau:
For more information on Neighborhood Address Canvassing please visit https://www.census.gov/library/video/2019/address-canvassing-for-2020-census.html