Employees with the U.S. Census Bureau are checking addresses in neighborhoods throughout Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties as they prepare for the 2010 population count.
The bureau sent out a news release today, letting people know their “address listers” wear identification.
“A lot of people think a stranger is taking a photo of their house,” spokeswoman B.J. Welborn said. Instead, the employees are using hand-held computers.
Other census surveyors are collecting information on a range of topics, from health, crime and housing to unemployment. But most are verifying addresses that will be used to send or deliver census questionnaires next spring, Welborn said.
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Anyone worried by someone looking at his house or knocking on his door should ask for identification - not call police, the bureau requested.