Census Workers Begin Address Cavassing in Richardson, Nationwide
The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced the launch of address canvassing, the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Address canvassing improves and refines the Census Bureau’s address list of households nationwide, which is necessary to deliver invitations to respond to the census. Sixty-five percent of all addresses have already been verified using specially-designed software that incorporates satellite imagery, and Census Bureau employees (known as “listers”) have started walking through neighborhoods across the country, including Richardson, checking on the 35 percent of addresses not verified. Listers identify every place where people could live or stay, comparing what they see on the ground to the existing census address list and verifying, correcting or adding address and location information, as appropriate. The address list plays a vital role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of everyone living in the United States.
To help identify themselves as listers, employees will have badges, bags and laptops indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau. They will knock on doors and introduce themselves as a Census Bureau employee, show their official government ID badge, and explain the purpose of the visit (people may also ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity). A few simple questions will be asked to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census. If the lister does not find anyone at home, they verify or update address information by observation.
The in-person canvassing will continue through mid-October. The video below explains the program and includes images of a lister's badge and gear.