Dear PoP – “help! 2010 census doesn’t know I exist”


“Dear PoP,

With all the hubbub about the 2010 census, I want to be a good citizen and get my form in on time and be counted and whatnot. We in DC certainly need to stand up and be counted, even if it still doesn’t mean we will ever get a vote in congress or actually be REALLY counted like the other 300 million Americans, but I digress… Anyway, I keep hearing that forms should have been sent out in mid March and should be sent in by April 1, but I have yet to receive one. I just moved 2 months ago into a new building in Columbia Heights and I wonder if maybe as it is a new construction, the Census Bureau does not know about it yet. I checked the census website and could not find anything about what to do if you don’t get a form. I am sure there are more people like me in PoPville and we could all benefit if someone has an idea what we should do. Especially given the importance of the census.

I gather that when people fail to send in their forms, census takers will be sent out, so maybe new buildings will be caught in that process, but who knows. Also, I happened to (unfortunately) be at the DMV today, and they did have the forms there, so that is one option, but no one in their right mind is going to make a trip to the DMV just for that.

If you could post something to see if anyone knows how to let the census Bureau know that I exist, it would be greatly appreciated and probably help a lot of people. Thanks.”

Anyone have some suggestions?

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  • You should be able to get Census forms at your library. Director Grove was at Ben’s Chili Bowl this morning to kick off Census Day; they may have forms there. I work at Census but not in the Decenniel area. Census is even on Facebook!

  • from the census Q and A website—

    Q:Did not receive a questionnaire

    A:Beginning April 12, 2010, you should call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center at one of the numbers listed below to obtain a questionnaire. The phone lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (your local time) seven days a week from February 25, 2010 – July 30, 2010.

    * English 1-866-872-6868
    * Spanish 1-866-928-2010
    * Chinese 1-866-935-2010
    * Korean 1-866-955-2010
    * Vietnamese 1-866-945-2010
    * Russian 1-866-965-2010

    For the hearing-impaired, dial TDD 1-866-783-2010 during the times noted.

  • From

    If you are asking about a 2010 Census form that was lost, damaged, or never received, please contact our Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center after April 12th at 1-866-872-6868 to request one. You will not need the ID # or Barcode Information after April 12.

    You can also visit the “Be Counted” area of our website [ under “Questionnaire Assistance Center”] to locate a Questionnaire Assistance Center in your community where you can pick up a form.

  • I am the OP. I swear when I looked at the census website a week or so ago, there was not a giant “Didn’t receive a form?” item on their front page… I probably should have checked that again. thanks for the answers and sorry for my laziness. Hopefully this will help some other people who haven’t gotten a form yet either. I’ll be filling out my form from the DMV tonight.

  • I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them at the Safeway on 5th and New York NW

  • I live in Petworth and was a little worried because we hadn’t gotten our form either, but it just came in the mail today!

  • I also work at the Census Bureau. Nice to see some civic-minded folks on POP excited to take part in the census!

    On the 2010 Census part of our website we’re now showing how well the different parts of the country (states, counties, cities and towns, neighborhoods, etc) are doing so far, participation-wise. As of today, DC’s participation rate is at 50%.

    For more information start at this site and have fun exploring:

  • For Columbia Heights, there are Census forms (in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Russian) at:

    Washington Urban League on 14th,
    the Central American Resource Center on Columbia, and
    La Clinica del Pueblo, on 15th.

    There are others close by… look for your closest Questionnaire Assistance Center at:

  • I sent mine in the day it arrived two weeks ago. Now today there is yet another one addressed to me. WTF? Send it in again? Assume the first one made it?

    • I had the same reaction when I received a second census form yesterday (after already sending in a completed form).

      When I opened it up, it said “if you have already sent in your census disregard this”.

      • Sending out more forms so soon probably seems like overkill (and annoying if you’ve already responded) but it’s a reasonably effective and less costly way of getting more people to respond by mail. Pretty soon Census will begin sending enumerators out into neighborhoods to contact addresses that haven’t yet responded, and that’s when things start getting expensive.

  • I work at the DC Public Library. We do have forms, Also, after April 1st there will be enumerators in most of the libraries.

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