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July 16, 2010 > Census on schedule and under budget

Census on schedule and under budget

Submitted By US Census Bureau

Efforts to make the 2010 Census as accurate as possible will result in a second round of visits for some, as census takers across Northern California visit households that have not returned their 2010 Census forms.

Census workers will call on a small sample of households in the following months as part of a series of quality-assurance measures to verify that the 2010 Census information collected is correct. Census workers will be re-interviewing or verifying households during three specific operations: coverage follow-up, vacant delete check and field verification. These operations are scheduled to last into August and are part of the US Census Bureau's effort to maximize the accuracy of the census.

The Census Bureau also will systematically re-interview five percent of the households that each census worker visits to confirm that all of the 565,000 census takers throughout the nation - 20,000 in Northern California - followed training protocols and produced accurate data.

"As survey researchers, we know human error is possible, and we work hard to eliminate detectable errors," said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. "We are charged with counting everyone once, and only once, and in the right place. We check and double check to make sure we get it right."

In the "coverage follow up" operation, census workers will call households to clarify inconsistent answers provided on the 2010 Census form about the number of people living at an address.

Census workers will confirm housing units classified as vacant or non-existent fit that profile on April 1, 2010 during the "vacant delete check" operation. If a unit was incorrectly classified, an interview will be conducted. Workers also will visit new housing units that were added after the 2010 Census questionnaires were sent out.

In the "field verification" phase, census workers will confirm whether the address provided on a "Be Counted" form or to the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance call center can be located. The field verification operation also will resolve suspected duplicate addresses.

Census officials urge residents to cooperate with census takers, if they are among the small percentage of homes visited during the quality-assurance process. The re-interviews will take mere minutes to help the Bureau ensure the quality of the 2010 Census.

As the case with all other 2010 Census operations, census workers will not ask for social security numbers, bank account information or credit card information. Census workers also will not solicit for donations, will never contact you via e-mail and will not ask about citizenship status.

For more information about the 2010 Census, visit

About the 2010 Census

Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the census takes place every 10 years. Census data determine boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts. More than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed annually based on census data to pay for local programs and services, such as schools, highways, vocational training, emergency services, hospitals, unemployment benefits and much more. Learn more about the 2010 Census at

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