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Second Phase of 2010 Census Underway: Watch for Census Takers in Your Neighborhood

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Second Phase of 2010 Census Underway: Watch for Census Takers in Your Neighborhood

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Now that the mail-in phase of the 2010 Census has ended, census takers are in the area, visiting homes in person to ensure that everyone in Tompkins County is accurately counted.

Census takers started their work here April 24, visiting addresses in Ithaca's Collegetown neighborhood which have not returned census forms. The in-person visits are occurring there earlier than normal to beat the end of the academic year after which many residents there move or leave town. Beginning May 1, census takers will focus their efforts throughout the community.

The county's 2010 Census Complete Count Committee reminds you that Census takers are your neighbors--'people from our community, hired by the Census Bureau to go door-to-door and collect census information from residents who have not sent back their 2010 Census forms. A census taker will visit your home up to six times, each time leaving a door hanger. The door hanger has a phone number on it that you can call to schedule a visit and be counted.

Census takers wear badges and carry identification, and they will have census materials with them. Census takers will never ask for bank information or your social security number.

Residents should feel free to call the local census office at 607-735-5440 to provide feedback regarding their interaction with local census takers or with any questions about the process.