On Saturday, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin in-person visits to households that did not return their 2010 Census Form.
Census workers will wear a Department of Commerce badge and carry a black bag with the official U.S. Census Bureau logo. They will ask basic questions such as names, birth dates and race of everyone living in the house as of April 1. They will not ask questions about immigration status, or request bank account or credit card information.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 74 percent of all Washington households mailed back the forms; that’s 2 percentage points higher than the national average. About 11,000 census workers will fan out across our state for the next two months, usually on weekends and early evenings to catch people at home.
Census information is used to accurately apportion congressional district seats, and determines how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are distributed.