CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 19, 2000
Students count in Census 2000
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Knock knock. Who's there? Census 2000. It's no joke.
Census enumerators are now making house calls in the Iowa City area to all
residences that have not returned a census form. In Iowa City, census return
rates are noticeably low in the North End neighborhood and other sections
of Iowa City where off-campus student housing is prevalent.
Following census guidelines, students need to be counted in the local census
as residents of this community while attending school. "No matter where
you call home, for purposes of the census, the community in which you live
as of April 1 is where you are counted," said McKenzly Wilson, manager
of the local census office. "It has nothing to do with your status as
an in-state or out-of-state student, whether your parents claim you as a dependent
on their tax forms or if your parents include you on their census form."
Enumerators will be knocking on doors collecting information such as names
and number of people living at an address, gender, age, and date of birth.
Census enumerators will also pick up and return any census forms that have
been completed but not mailed back. Census forms have been distributed and
will be collected from fraternities, sororities and residence halls. Census
enumerators are stepping up their pace in Iowa City to reach students before
the semester closes. To date, the response rate is at 67 percent for Iowa
City, 68 percent for Coralville and for the state of Iowa, 67 percent.
All census information is private and handled by the U.S. Census Bureau.
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share individual records with any other government
agency, including welfare agencies, the Immigration and Naturalization Service,
the Internal Revenue Service, courts, police or the military.