Census moves into verification phase
The counting is over, the Census Bureau said Monday as it announced it is moving into a new and final stage of its decennial census — rechecking the accuracy of data before releasing 2010 results early next year.
But residents who believe they were missed in the count can call the bureau’s toll-free hotline at 866-872-6868 through the end of July to submit their answers over the phone.
The Census Bureau said it completed its follow-up phase over the weekend. In that effort, about 565,000 workers visited more than 46 million households that did not mail in a 2010 census questionnaire. Nationally, 72 percent of households returned their questionnaires, avoiding home visits by census takers. The mail-in response rate on May 1 was 70 percent in Travis County and 69 percent in Austin.
“We’re moving into our quality-assurance stage. We’re checking and rechecking our work,” said Jenna Steormann, a census spokeswoman in Dallas
hat work will include calls or visits to re-interview 5 percent of randomly selected households, Steormann said. It will also involve calling some households to clarify answers, confirm vacant households and confirm addresses that do not match the bureau’s files.
Steormann said the census bureau hired about 4,000 people to fill temporary jobs in Travis, Burnet, Bastrop, Williamson and Lee counties. The majority of those jobs have ended.
The Census Bureau will deliver final population data to President Barack Obama in late December and begin releasing redistricting data to the states starting in February.
The government uses census data to decide how to return about $400 billion a year for the next 10 years to states and cities. Census data is also used to apportion congressional seats and for political redistricting.