Census Bureau Press Release: NRFU & 2010 Census facts
Reach of 2010 Census: Mail back and Door-to-Door
Approximate number of total housing units in the U.S. that have to be contacted for the census, either via mail or in person, to collect a form or determine if vacant.
Approximate total number of positions to conduct the 2010 Census.
Recruiting and Staffing
Approximate number of people that were recruited to fill positions for 2010 Census operations between 2009 and 2010.
Approximate number of positions hired for door-to-door follow-up phase in 2010.
The number of weeks that temporary census jobs last for door-to-door follow-up, beginning with peak weeks in May. Duration is dependent upon the final workload and how efficiently assignments are completed.
$10 to $25
The hourly pay rates established for door-to-door census takers, which are based on local prevailing competitive wages using Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Approximate number of total miles census takers will travel to obtain responses during door- to-door follow-up. This includes having to make up to three in-person visits if people are not at home.
Approximate number of housing units in door-to-door follow-up. This includes people who did not receive a form at their household because the address we have for the physical location of their residence is not used for mail delivery.
Approximate number unique workload assignment areas given to door-to-door census takers.
The average number of cases in an assignment area. An enumerator or census taker works an estimated average rate of .9 cases per hour.
Estimated number of hours that the typical census taker will work per week.
Maximum number of contacts with a household — three in person and three by phone — to obtain a complete census response.
Number of census taker training sessions held nationwide from April 27 through April 30 for door-to-door follow-up. Up to 10,000 sessions to train replacement workers and quality assurance will be conducted in weeks that follow.
The estimated value of donated training room space for the four-day training session thanks to Census partners, such as schools, churches, community centers.
Local Census Management
Approximate number of square feet of office space that has been leased for the Regional Census Centers and Local Census Offices.
The number of Local Census Offices (LCOs) to manage local census operations.
The number of Regional Census Centers to manage local census operations.
Security and Confidentiality
The number of people hired and fingerprinted for the 2010 census in fiscal years 2009 and 2010.
The length of time a census worker is sworn to protect the confidentiality of census information.
5 and $250,000
The maximum number of years in prison and the maximum amount of the fine for a census worker who reveals personally identifiable information.
The number of years census records are kept confidential before being released for genealogical research.
The minimum age of household members who can fill out the census questionnaire or respond to a census taker at the door.