TAMUNING, Guam—The 2020 Census of Guam is preparing to visit neighborhoods in villages throughout the island to begin collecting data for the census.
On Monday, Feb. 3, census workers will begin conducting what is known as Address Listing. They will be using maps during this operation to locate and list where all of Guam’s residents live and primarily stay.
Address Listing helps ensure a complete and accurate population count by noting where houses, apartments, shelters, and other residences are located.
“An accurate address list really is the cornerstone of conducting a high-quality census,” said Bernadine Gines, manager of the Guam Census Office. “It’s the critical first step in the process.”
Address Listing will take place during the entire month of February. Census workers will then travel door to door in March to conduct the in-person interviews for each household. The interview period will extend through summer 2020 to make sure everyone in Guam is counted once, only once, and in the right place.
During both the Address Listing and interview phases, every census worker will have an official Government of Guam badge and a federal badge identifying them as an official 2020 Census of Guam worker. They will also carry an official U.S. Census Bureau work bag.
Terrina Long, the 2020 Census adviser to Guam, stressed the importance of protecting respondents’ personal information during and after census activities.
“All responses will remain strictly confidential, even during this early stage of field activities,” Long said. “Every employee of the 2020 Census of Guam takes a lifetime oath to protect that information.”
Violating that oath would result in a prison sentence of up to five years, as much as $250,000 in fines, or both.
The 2020 Census of Guam is the once-in-a-decade population count of the island, providing a snapshot of its growing and diverse community. Responses to the 2020 Census of Guam will help to direct federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
For more information, contact the Guam Census Office at (671) 645-2020 or email@example.com. (PR)