• By Pacific island Times News Staff

2020 Census of Guam kicks off field activities

The 2020 Census of Guam is now visiting every village across the island to begin collecting data for the census.

Enumerators om Monday began address listing, which is the critical first step for the 2020 Census of Guam.

Address listing helps ensure a complete and accurate population count by noting where houses, apartments, shelters, and other residences are located.

During this time, census workers will use Census Bureau provided maps to identify and list where all of Guam’s residents live and primarily stay. While performing Address Listing, census workers will not ask you questions or knock on your door.

Address Listing will take place during the entire month of February and be conducted during daylight hours (between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.). Beginning in March, Enumerators will travel door to door, to conduct the in-person interviews of each household.

The interview period will extend through the summer to make sure everyone on Guam is counted once, only once, and in the right place.

During both the Address Listing and interview phases, every census worker will be easily identified by:

· Two official badges

· A yellow 2020 Census of Guam safety vest

· A Census Bureau tote bag

Every census worker vehicle will also have either a 2020 Census of Guam car magnet or placard.

The Guam Census Office encourages the community to welcome the Enumerators into their neighborhoods and to secure their pets for the duration of field activities to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

All data collected will remain strictly confidential, even during this early stage of field activities, and every employee of the 2020 Census of Guam takes a lifetime oath to protect that information.

About the 2020 Census of Guam The 2020 Census of Guam is the once-in-a-decade population count of our island, providing a snapshot of our growing and diverse community.

Responses to the 2020 Census of Guam will help to direct federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.

For more information, contact the Guam Census Office at (671) 645-2020 or guam@2020census.gov. Learn more about upcoming events and get 2020 Census of Guam updates online at 2020census.guam.gov.

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