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Census looking for one in four Evanstonians

Seventy-six percent of Evanston households have returned their 2010 Census questionnaire — so U.S. Census enumerators have started going door-to-door to get responses from the other 24 percent of city residents.

Seventy-six percent of Evanston households have returned their 2010 Census questionnaire — so U.S. Census enumerators have started going door-to-door to get responses from the other 24 percent of city residents.

Enumerators may visit homes as many as a half dozen times trying to complete the census. But that raises questions about how residents can tell a real census enumerator from somebody who might be trying to take advantage of the census process to scam residents.

City officials say one way to tell is that a legitimate census enumerator will NOT:

  • Ask you for your social security number, bank account number or credit card numbers.
  • Solicit for donations or contact you by e-mail.
  • Ask about your citizenship status.
  • Ask to enter your home.

If anyone claiming to represent the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to ask you these questions, please do not answer and call the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 to report the incident.

City officials say they hope all residents will cooperate with the census enumerators because every extra person counted means about $980 in additional federal and state funds for local government agencies and because the census data is crucial for determining election districts and for city planning and economic development purposes.

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