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Census Bureau’s address canvassers take to the streets

Posted: May 6, 2009 3:42 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2009 4:21 p.m.
 
The 2010 Census has launched its next operation: address canvassing.

A preliminary wave began on March 29 and the mass effort launched on April 6. The entire phase will conclude by June 19.

During address canvassing, the Census Bureau will put to work approximately 140,000 people to canvass all known streets and roads throughout the country. The canvassers will identify every living quarter where people live or could potentially live, and verify more than 145 million addresses.

For the first time in Decennial Census history, census workers will confirm, add and delete addresses using a GPS-equipped hand-held computer. Each computer is so secure that it will work only when activated by the fingerprint of its assigned operator.

Each building or structure will receive global positioning system (GPS) coordinates to make sure it is also recorded in the right location.

Census workers also will update maps by adding new roads. This work will ensure that the census address list is complete so that everyone can be counted in the 2010 census.

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