Keizer reports high census response rate

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Congratulations, Keizerites – You exceeded the state and national average for returning the U.S. Census Bureau’s questionnaire. Or at least 76 percent of you did. That’s the latest number from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Salem office, beating out Marion County (75 percent), the state (74 percent) and the nation (72 percent). But for those who didn’t return the mailer sent to your home – or if you never got one – a Census representative will soon come knocking, if they haven’t already. Teri Carroll, manager of the Salem office, said most of those visited weren’t resisting filling out the form, per se. “Most of the people we’ve visited didn’t realize it was a census form, misplaced it or just didn’t get around to it,” Carroll said. Canvassers started earlier this month, both visiting households and canvassing neighborhoods to see which addresses may be vacant, or even don’t exist anymore. And despite technological advances, other than address canvassing the field workers will be using paper forms. “We had looked at using the handheld computers we used for address canvassing, but the company providing them couldn’t guarantee the level of support we needed,” Carroll said. “… So we made the decision to go with paper, and it’s working very well.” And unlike in 2000, there is no online census form option. “They tried that 10 years...

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