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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.