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Census workers begin count today

April 25, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Just because you didn't fill out your census form doesn't mean you won't be counted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Starting today, Washington County residents who have been hired for temporary jobs with the Census Bureau will fan out across the county to help count citizens who didn't send in their forms by April 16. That work will go on for six to eight weeks, Census Bureau spokeswoman Terry Willis said.

Results released last week by the Census Bureau show that in the Tri-State area, as well as nationally, many census return targets were not being met. Targets were set by adding 5 percentage points to the response rate for the last census in 1990.

The towns of Clear Spring, Sharpsburg, and Williamsport met their targets, as did Thompson Township in Pennsylvania.

Some homes will be visited by census workers, known as enumerators, who are sworn to keep information confidential.

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They will wear official white badges and will not try to enter homes or collect Social Security numbers.

In addition to going to the homes of people who didn't fill out their forms, some census workers will visit homes of people who filed, but whose forms need clarification or confirmation of addresses.

"Residents are urged to cooperate with census workers so a complete picture can be taken of Washington County," a statement from the Census Bureau says.

"An accurate count is important for the future of every resident," the statement says. "Political representation and money from the state and federal governments are based on information you provide."

Anyone with questions about census workers may call the local office at 301-791-2467.

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