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Census staff checking addresses

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.

Anyone worried by someone looking at his house or knocking on his door should ask for identification - not call police, the bureau requested.

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