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7,000 households still missing from Census

Almost one-fifth of Bermuda households have not yet been surveyed as part of the 2010 Census, with less than two weeks before the end of enumeration.

Director of Statistics Valerie Robinson-James said the Census coverage has been gradually rising and has recently reached the 80 percent mark, but around 7,000 households have not yet been interviewed.

“Pockets of low response have been identified, particularily in Pembroke and Devonshire,” Ms Robinson-James said.

Among the particular areas are Orchard Grove, Friswells Road, Loyal Hill, Chaingate Hill, Fairylands and Spanish Point.

“There is still work to be done and less than two weeks left,” she said. “Although Census Interviewers will be penetrating some of these areas until March 31, residents should not wait for an interviewer to visit them.

“Due to a shortage of interviewers, some households in these areas will not be visited by March 31.”

The Census was originally supposed to survey every household on the Island between May and September last year, but suffered from a lack of Census workers.

In November, the period was extended to the end of the year, but the period was later given a second extension until the end of this month.

The Census is intended to aid Government policy makers by giving more up-to-date information about the public.

During the initial phase of the Census, Ms Robinson-James said close to 100 households reportedly refused to provide information.

As a result, the Department warned the public that failing to comply to the Census is an offense carrying a fine of up to $1,000.

Ms Robinson-James said the public warnings lead to numerous phone calls and e-mails from households that had not been interviewed.

Until the enumeration period ends, she said interviewers will continue to visit households and leave call back cards to encourage compliance with the Census.

“If residents find a callback card, it means that according to the Department records, the household has not been counted as yet for the Census,” Ms Robinson-James said.

“Residents should not hesitate but call the Department immediately.

The Department of Statistics can be reached at 297-7761 to arrange an interview.

Members of the public can also visit the Census Interview Centre in Phase Three of the Washington Mall at the Church Street Level from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Friday until March 31. The centre will also be open on Saturday, March 26 from 10am to 3pm.

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Published March 25, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated March 25, 2011 at 10:00 am)

7,000 households still missing from Census

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