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For Immediate Release: 7/2/2014
U.S. Census Bureau Conducting Pilot Census Test In Portion of County through Mid-September; Residents’ Participation will Help Decide Changes for 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is now conducting a Census Test in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia that tests a variety of new methods and advanced technologies that are being considered for the next national census in 2020.

The local test, which is a pilot for the nation, is part of the Census Bureau’s commitment to find easier quicker and safer ways for residents to participate and more economical ways for collecting data in the future.

Local residents who live in the eastern half of the County have been or will be contacted to participate in the test. They will be encouraged to fill out a census survey online or on mobile devices to reduce the reliance on paper questionnaires. Respondents should fill out the questionnaire based on information about their household as of July 1, 2014, which was Census Day.

The Census Bureau will also test strategies to efficiently follow up with households that do not self-respond.

Further information about the census test, including a map showing the area of the County where residents will be tested, is found in the Census Bureau video and fact sheet.

County Executive Ike Leggett said, “I am proud that the U.S. Census Bureau has selected Montgomery County, along with the District, to be a testing ground for their effort to improve efficiency and save money in the next census. We were selected primarily because of the high response from County residents to the 2010 Census, so I am optimistic that we will respond in the same way to this test.”

“D.C. and Maryland residents who participate now in this test are helping us find ways to reduce taxpayer costs for the 2020 Census,” said Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson.

In addition to conducting the test, the Census Bureau is still hiring temporary office and field staff from Montgomery County and DC to work in the Silver Spring office located at 8401 Colesville Rd. (seventh floor). Pay ranges from $14 to $21.50 an hour.

For information on applying, call 1-888-480-1639.

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U.S. Census Bureau media contacts: Nesreen Khashan, 202-510-6403;
Virginia Hyer, 301-763-3030, email

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Release ID: 14-279
Media Contact: Bonnie Ayers 240-777-6507

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