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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Census Takers Working to Get Complete Count

The City of Palmdale is reminding residents that they may see or even be visited by a U.S. Census 2020 employee as the official counting is finishing up.

“Census takers are now visiting households across the nation, including the City of Palmdale, that have not yet responded,” said Palmdale Management Analyst II Nardy Lopez.  “Understandably, some households that have already responded have expressed confusion over why they too are being visited. These visits are part of the Census 2020 effort to be absolutely ensure that we count everyone. If you get a visit and you’ve already responded, please be patient, kind and answer the census taker’s questions.”

The most common reason why a Census taker may visit a home that has already responded is that they are clarifying address information about your address. In rarer cases, they may have two addresses on their list that refer to the same housing unit. Finally, for a small number of addresses, they conduct a second interview as part of their quality assurance measures.

“We know that being visited when you’ve already responded may be annoying, and even a bit confusing, but please be patient with the census takers—their work is critical to the mission of the Census Bureau and to our community receiving its fair share of funding for critical services,” Lopez said. “We are making sure that we count everyone in the right place and not leave anyone out.”

The City is continuing to reach out to the community and hosting Census “pop up” events to encourage Census registration.

Mandated by the Constitution, every ten years America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The Census tallies the nation’s population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support vital programs for states, counties and communities — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

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