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.

Yesterday, we posted census mail-in participation rates for census tracts in the Green Impact Zone. The latest numbers, released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, show a little improvement in some neighborhoods, but we can do better. Here are the latest percentages:

  • National Average: 68%
  • Green Impact Zone:
    • Census Tract 64: 58%
    • Census Tract 62: 58%
    • Census Tract 63: 55%
    • Census Tract 75: 60%
    • Census Tract 76: 64%
    • Census Tract 77: 59%

(See our April 15 post for the boundaries of each of these census tracts.)

If you don’t mail back your census form right away, the Census Bureau will have to send someone to your home to collect the information. Help save tax dollars by mailing your census form today – and encourage your friends and neighbors to mail theirs, too.

As of April 14, the Green Impact Zone is lagging a little behind the national average in the number of census forms that have been mailed back. The national average is 67 percent, and our neighborhoods range from 54 to 64 percent return rates. Have you mailed your census form yet? If not, please do so right away. An accurate count will help people and neighborhoods in the zone receive the services, funding and representation we’re entitled to over the next 10 years.

If you need help completing the census form, contact your community ombudsman today. Call 816-936-8803.

Participation rates as of 4/14/10:

  • Census Tract 64: 58%
    (Bounded by Troost, 39th Street, Woodland and 43rd Street; includes parts of the Manheim Park and Ivanhoe neighborhoods)
  • Census Tract 62: 58%
    (Bounded by Woodland, 39th Street, Prospect and 43rd Street; includes part of the Ivanhoe neighborhood)
  • Census Tract 63: 54%
    (Bounded by Troost, 43rd Street, Prospect, Emanuel Cleaver and Volker; includes parts of the Manheim Park and Ivanhoe neighborhoods)
  • Census Tract 75: 59%
    (Bounded by Troost, Volker, Woodland and 55th Street; includes parts of the Troostwood and Blue Hills neighborhoods)
  • Census Tract 76: 64%
    (Bounded by Woodland, Swope Parkway, Prospect and 55th Street; includes part of the Blue Hills neighborhood)
  • Census Tract 77: 58%
    (Bounded by Prospect, Swope Parkway and 55th Street; includes part of the Town Fork Creek neighborhood)

Up-to-date participation rates by city, county, state or zip code are available on the 2010 Census Web site at www.2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map.

If you already have filled out your survey, please encourage your friends and family to do so as well.

The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for things like:

  • Hospitals
  • Job training centers
  • Schools
  • Senior centers
  • Bridges, tunnels and other public works projects
  • Emergency services

All of these services are vital to our communities.

Track the participation rate for your state, county and even your neighborhood on the 2010 Census Web site.