Census follow-up will begin May 1 in Pitkin County | AspenTimes.com

Census follow-up will begin May 1 in Pitkin County

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY – Pitkin County residents who haven’t returned their 2010 census forms should expect a visit from a census worker during a follow-up phase that begins May 1.

That could mean a lot of visits. Pitkin County participation in the census so far is 38 percent, according to the county. Statewide, participation is hovering at about 70 percent.

The regional census center is urging area households to welcome the census workers when they visit. “Your cooperation helps ensure that money for roads, schools, bridges and other services comes to your community,” said Deb Cameron, regional census center media specialist, in a press release.

The Aspen area was undercounted by about 400 people in the last census, a decade ago, according to Mayor Mick Ireland. “That adds up to hundreds of thousands of federal dollars that we didn’t get,” he said in the press release.

Residents who haven’t bothered to fill out and send back their census form will get a visit, as will residents who didn’t receive a form initially.

Residents can also call (970)-361-3690, a Grand Junction-based number, or send an e-mail to Census@co.pitkin.co.us if their household has not yet been counted.

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