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Census workers going door to door in Vail Valley

VAIL – Starting Saturday, Census workers might be showing up at your door in Colorado’s Vail Valley.

Through July 10, some 1,500 workers across the Western Slope will be going to homes that didn’t return Census forms.

In Vail, that will be quite a lot of homes. The town has a participation rate of 23 percent, according to the Census Bureau. But that is largely due to the high number of second homes in the area – about three-quarters of homes in Vail are second homes. Nonetheless, forms were mailed to those homes, and the Census was looking for confirmation that they were indeed second homes.

That’s part of the reason why resort communities aren’t the easiest place for the Census Bureau to operate.

“I would say they’re challenging,” said Kathleen DuHamel, local Census office manager for the Grand Junction Census Office. “Very challenging.”

Census workers will knock on doors of homes. If no one is home, they will talk to property managers, complex managers or neighbors. The workers will have identification badges, and residents can call the Census bureau to verify that the worker is with the Census.

According to officials, $890 in funding each year comes back to the state for each person who is counted in the Census.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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