On March 30, the United States Census Bureau started a massive operation to verify and update more than 145 million addresses nationwide.
Locally, bureau office manager Todd Hansen advises area residents of the census workers' presence and urges people to comply with the canvassers' requests and questions.
"Our goal is not to miss anybody," said the local office manager. "And proper address identification will make that much easier for the census counters in 2010."
According to Hansen, the first round of operations will have individuals in Carbon County from April until June collecting and canvassing.
"The workers will use hand-held devices about the size of a large coffee cup to both log addresses and geo-position homes," explained the local bureau office manager. "There is no need for people to get alarmed about giving us the information as address data gathered can only be used legally for census purposes."
Hansen reported that many people are reluctant to give physical addresses due to issues with bill collectors or personal harassment.
However, the local office manager assured residents in the county that the data collected by the bureau's canvassers will only be used for the 2010 population census.
"A complete and accurate address list is the cornerstone of a successful census," pointed out Tome Mesenbourg, acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau. "Building on the achievements of the 2000 census, we have been testing and preparing for the 2010 count all decade and we're ready to fulfill our constitutional mandate to count everyone living in the United States."
While the census bureau does not want to miss anyone they also want to assure that no one is counted twice. Primarily because it is the census that is used for reapportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the distribution of more than $300 billion in federal dollars to state and local governments.
Nowhere is this more important than Utah as the state is in prime position to receive an additional seat in the house.
According to a census press release, over the last several years, the census bureau has been actively working on updating its geographic databases and master address files. From implementing the local update of census address program, where more than 11,500 tribal, state and local governments participated in a review of the census bureau's address list for their area, to increasing the precision of the Global Positioning System mapping, many advances have been made to compile the most comprehensive listing of addresses in the nation.
For public safety, census workers gathering address information, can be identified by the official census bureau badge they carry. During the address canvassing operation, census workers may ask to verify a housing structures address and whether there are additional living quarters on the property.
The local office is still looking for additional help with the address canvass and is hiring in the Price area. The office will be conducting another employment test at Price City Hall on April 3 in room 106. The test which takes about 30 minutes to complete is a multiple choice exam. Any Carbon residents interested in participating as temporary employees, can choose to take either the 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. test on that day or call toll free at 800-866-2010 for more information.