More people willing to cooperate with census

Census forms will go out the week of March 15 to households across a nation that seems more willing to participate in the decennial population count, census officials said.

Last December, 5 percent of respondents to a Census Bureau poll said they wouldn’t cooperate with the count, but that level of opposition is now down to 2.2 percent, Cathy Lacy, regional director for the Denver Census Bureau office, said last week.

Residents can fill in and return the 10-question questionnaire as soon as they receive it, Lacy said.

The official count day is April 1, but people don’t have to wait to respond, she said.

It shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to complete the form, Lacy said.

Census workers will follow up at addresses where there had been no response and will be easily recognizable, she said.

Workers will have census shoulder bags and identification badges, Lacy said. Those people will not try to enter homes and will ask only the questions needed to complete the questionnaire, she said.

Some census employees working to complete the American Community Survey carry laptop computers and photo identification, but they aren’t working to complete the decennial census mandated in the Constitution, Lacy said.

Census officials in both cases will not enter homes or ask about financial information such as checking accounts or credit-card data, Lacy said.

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