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Census workers begin address checks today

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By The Staff

Starting today, more than 2,000 census workers will hit Kentucky's neighborhoods in preparation for the 2010 Census.

In Taylor, Green, Adair and Casey counties, about 18 people will travel block to block verifying addresses, according to Rachael Hampton, a local Census office manager in Lexington. The process could take up to 10 weeks.

For the most part, Hampton said, the process will simply involve a visual inspection to ensure the home listed at a particular address is still standing. In some cases, Hampton said, Census workers may have to knock on doors if they have a question about the residence.

The updated address list will be used to deliver 2010 Census questionnaires next March. April 1, 2010, is Census Day, the reference date for collecting census information.

Census results are used to determine the number of congressional seats for each state, the shape of legislative and local government districts, and how $300 billion in federal funds is distributed annually to communities across America.