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Vol. 2 - No. 37 Aug. 5,
About 15,000 temporary workers, armed with clipboards, lists
and small-area maps, headed late last week into the remoter
parts of the countryside where dwellings do not have
city-style house-number and street-name addresses. Their
job: to verify the accuracy and currency of the Census
Bureau's address information.
It was the first major Census 2000-related operation visible
to the general public in communities across the country. The
preparations will culminate on Census Day, April 1, 2000.
The address-listing operation is crucial to an accurate and
complete census since the resulting master address list will
be used for delivering questionnaires, following up with
nonrespondents and as the universe from which to draw
The operation covering "non-city-style" address areas will
be conducted in three waves, generally working from north to
south, although the first wave will take place, to some
extent, in all 12 of the Census Bureau's regions. The first
wave, with "listers" working out of 82 census field offices,
will extend to Sept. 11.
The second wave, in which 199 field offices will
participate, runs from Oct. 8 through Nov. 19. The third
wave, involving the remaining 120 offices, is scheduled to
take place from Nov. 9 through Dec. 18. By the time the
non-city-style address-listing operation is completed, some
30,000 temporary workers will have been employed. Later,
other address listers will do similar checking in urban and
suburban areas where housing units have city-style
The current corps of address "listers" worked in two-person
teams, driving down country roads and dirt paths to obtain
complete and accurate addresses for every habitable dwelling
and then, "spotting" them on local-area maps.
In many cases, address listers interviewed residents to
determine the most accurate addresses for cabins, trailers,
converted barns, packing houses, boxcars, even caves. In
agricultural areas, they visited farms, fields and orchards
in search of migrant workers' living quarters.
News coverage in sparsely-settled eastern San Diego County,
Calif., helped listers working those areas. According to
Census Bureau area manager Julie Ly, several listers were
greeted warmly by residents, who offered to help them locate
sheds and mobile homes being used as housing that could not
have been spotted from the roads. The residents heard about
the address-listing operation on local radio stations.
Two of the oldest applicants for the address-lister job were
an 84-year-old woman from New Hampshire, who asked the
recruiter, "I think I'm young enough to do this job, don't
you, dear?" and an 82-year-old in Douglas County, S.D., near
Sioux Falls. Both women were veterans of past censuses, the
South Dakota woman starting in 1950.
The address-listing job is open to retired people, most
current federal government employees, students, people who
want to work a second job -- in short, anyone 18 or over who
passes the written test and has four to five hours available
during the day or evenings and on weekends. Since they
generally must be familiar with the areas on their maps,
most end up working close to their homes.
U.S. citizenship is required, except where specific language
needs exist and a qualified U.S. citizen is not available.
Address listers also must have a driver's license and
reliable transportation. In Spanish-speaking areas, the
Census Bureau has tried to hire bilingual people who can
communicate with local residents.
For further information about this bulletin, contact J. Paul
Wyatt of the Public Information Office on 301-457-3052 (fax:
301-457-3670; e-mail: pio(a)census.gov).