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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  1. Some corrections in Census Info
    It’s important to remember that the Census counts housing units and then the people who live in them. Of the 25% of housing units that have not yet replied to the Census, a number of them may be vacant. In fact, this last wave of the Census is when vacant housing is enumerated. So, feel better about that statistic, Evanston. Most of the people living here have filled out their Census forms, it’s the unsold condos, unrented apartments and buildings being renovated that are now being found and counted.

    Also, no enumerator is going to visit your door six times trying to find you. The personal visit limit is three times and no more. The enumerator then has three more chances to figure out if a house, condo or apartment is occupied. It may be by tracking down a phone number, calling a landlord or real estate company, or talking with a neighbor as a proxy.

    One nice thing to know about Evanston enumerators, is that they are all your Evanston friends and neighbors working within their own neighborhoods.

    Thank you Evanston for being so helpful and cooperative as we go door to door. It’s been a pleasure.

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