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By MIRANDA LEO
WASHINGTON – Maricopa County residents who missed the big Census Day celebrations on Wednesday can relax – Census Bureau workers will be in the area for at least the next several months.
The county is one of two sites in the U.S., along with Savannah, Georgia, that was selected to test new methods of collecting population data in advance of the 2020 Census. As part of those tests, the bureau mailed out forms to county residents last week and will start follow-ups in May with households that do not respond to the mailed forms.
Census Day, for the uninitiated, is April 1, the day every 10 years when the bureau counts every person living in the United States. While the next official Census Day is not for another five years, bureau officials took advantage of this April 1 to draw attention to the tests.