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Gilbert Special Census - Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is a Special Census?
    • A Special Census is a basic enumeration of population, housing units, and group quarters conducted by the Census Bureau at the request of a governmental unit.
  • Why is Gilbert conducting a Special Census?
    • Since the decennial census in 2010, Gilbert’s population has grown immensely. New homes, business, and industries have moved into our community and it is vital that we document this change with certified census counts, so Gilbert residents receives its fair share of state and federal funds. Portions of state shared revenue are allocated based on population, making this updated count critical in bringing home the tax dollars that belong in our community.
  • What other cities are conducting a Special Census?
    • Chandler, Queen Creek, Buckeye, Goodyear, Peoria, and Maricopa
  • How long will it take to conduct the Special Census in Gilbert?
    • The Special Census is anticipated to run from October 1, 2015 to the end of November, 2015; however, if the enumerators are not able to gather the necessary data from each household the Special Census could extend beyond November.
  • How can I help with the Special Census in Gilbert?
    • Answer your door
      • The best way you can contribute is to simply answer your door, take the census survey and be counted! Providing this information to the enumerators on their first attempt allows them to move through our community and conclude their operations faster.
    • Spread the word
      • Help us spread the word about Gilbert’s Special Census. Make sure your neighbors, family and friends understand the importance of being counted.
    • Work for the Census Bureau
      • If you are interested in working for the Census Bureau, there are numerous and varying employment opportunities. Please visit our website for more information, or contact the Gilbert Census Hotline at (480) 503-6522, and find out how you can get involved!
  • How will the Special Census impact me?
    • Census data are used to distribute millions of federal and state dollars throughout the nation to provide important services at the local level. Healthcare, schools and education, day care programs, transportation planning, and services for seniors all use census data to determine how much money each community receives to provide these important services.
    • By cooperating with the Census enumerator and answering five short questions for every person living in your home, our community will receive our fair share of state and federal funds so we can provide important services you depend on every day.
  • How will I be able to identify an enumerator?
    • Every enumerator will be wearing a Bureau-issued identification badge that you can ask to see.
    • You may also identify Gilbert enumerators by the lime-green ‘Be Counted’ shirts they will be wearing. Please note that the shirts were provided by Gilbert to help residents easily identify enumerators; however, there is no uniform requirement enforced by the Census Bureau. As a result, you may encounter an enumerator not wearing a lime-green t-shirt.
  • What questions will be asked of me?
    • The Census Bureau collects basic demographic information when updating the population count. Questions about race, age, gender, and the relationship to householder should be expected. The enumerator will ask you five questions for each person living in your household; the interview should take approximately 10 minutes.
  • Is my information secure?
    • Yes! The Census Bureau never releases information that identifies you or your household. The answers you provide are private, with every Census Bureau worker taking an oath to protect your answers. If they violate this oath, they’ll face a maximum of 5 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. That’s the law!
  • What if I only live in Gilbert part-time?
    • As long as Gilbert is your primary residence for six (6) months of the year, then you will be counted as a resident. Any residency less than six (6) months in a twelve (12) month period will not allow you to be counted as a member of Gilbert’s population.
  •  What if I’m not a United States Citizen?
    • Citizenship is not the Bureau’s focus; they are more interested in the demographic information provided by residents that live in Gilbert more than six (6) months out of the year.
  • What if I have a child attending college out of state, or will be during the enumeration?
    • As long as Gilbert is still your permanent residence, you will still be counted as a Gilbert resident. Each member of the household does not have to be present at the time of the enumeration to be counted.
  • What happens if I’m not at home often?
    • The enumerators will be working day-time, evenings, weekday, and weekend hours. If you are not home during any of those times and the enumerators have visited your residence multiple times, you can complete your survey over the phone. The enumerators will leave a 'Notice of Visit' form on your door with the phone number to call-in your survey. If you do not complete the survey in-person or over the phone, information on your household will be imputed from neighborhood interviews and by household type. Enumerators will speak with your neighbors to obtain data on how many individuals reside in your household and the requested demographic information.
  • Who can I contact with questions about the Special Census?
    • If you have questions about employment and working for the Census Bureau, please email or call (480) 503-6522.
    • If you have questions about Special Census operations that cannot be answered through the website, please dial (480) 503-6871.