If you didn’t mail back your 2010 census form, you can expect a census worker to knock on your door soon. If you mailed your form after April 19, or if any of your answers were incomplete or unclear, you may also receive a visit from a census worker. If you’re not home when the census worker visits, he or she will leave a door hanger with a phone number you can call to schedule a return visit.

More than 70 percent of American households did return their forms on time. On May 1, the Census Bureau launched a door-to-door campaign to count all of those who did not, and to verify that housing units listed as vacant by the post office are indeed unoccupied.

Census takers will ask the same questions that appeared on the mail-in census form, including how many people live in the home; each resident’s name, gender, birth date and race; and whether the home is owned or rented.

To make sure the person at the door is an official census worker, residents should note the following:

  • Census workers will carry official government badges marked with their names, and may also carry a U.S. Census Bureau bag.
  • Census workers will only ask the questions on the census form. They will NEVER ask to enter your home; NEVER ask for donations; and NEVER ask for social security or credit card numbers.
  • If you have any questions about whether someone at your door is a legitimate census taker, you may call the Regional Census Center at 816-994-2000 to confirm that he or she is employed by the Census Bureau.

By answering the census worker’s questions, you can help ensure an accurate population count and make sure your neighborhood gets the representation, services and funding it deserves over the next 10 years. For more information, visit www.2010census.gov.