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2020 Census of Guam workers to begin population count, interviews
TAMUNING, Guam (Feb. 28, 2020) — The 2020 Census of Guam is gearing up to launch the
Enumeration phase of field activities.
Beginning Monday, March 2, and continuing through the summer, Enumerators will be
conducting in-person interviews of every person living on Guam.
Members of every household will be counted and asked a series of questions, including their
age, health, race and ethnicity, and employment status, among other questions. Enumerators
will also ask questions about the housing structure itself, such as the year the structure was built
and monthly utility costs.
The average interview is expected to last about 40 minutes.
Every Enumerator will be wearing a bright yellow safety vest with the 2020 Census of Guam
logo. They will also carry a U.S. Census Bureau work bag and two official government badges
identifying them as a 2020 Census of Guam worker.
Before every interview, the Enumerator will introduce themselves as a 2020 Census of Guam
worker and present a Confidentiality Notice that details how the resident’s information is
Terrina Long, the 2020 Census Advisor to Guam, said it’s important that every resident
understand that all their personal information is protected by law, and is used only to produce
statistics about the island.
“The questions range from age and date of birth of every household member, to their
educational attainment and veteran status,” she said. “There are even some questions that
touch upon health-related topics. As such, it is important that we stress to everyone in the
community how seriously we take their privacy.”
The 2020 Census of Guam cannot release any identifiable information about any individual,
even to law enforcement agencies, and every census employee swears a lifetime oath to
protect all personal information. Violating that oath would result in a prison sentence of up to 5
years, as much as $250,000 in fines, or both.
During the Enumeration period, census workers will be collecting data on every person living on
Guam, whether they live in a house, apartment, boat, or a non-traditional structure (e.g., a
repurposed vehicle or container). Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in
group housing will also be counted.
Enumeration follows the Address Listing operation conducted in February, during which the
2020 Census of Guam located and listed housing structures to pave the way for the interviews
and population count.
About the 2020 Census of Guam
The 2020 Census of Guam is the once-in-a-decade population count of our island, providing a
snapshot of our growing and diverse community.
Responses to the 2020 Census of Guam will help to direct federal funds to local communities
for schools, roads, and other public services.
For more information, contact the Guam Census Office at (671) 645-2020 or
IN-PERSON INTERVIEW: Enumerators will conduct in-person interviews of all households using a 2020 Census of Guam paper questionnaire. Photo courtesy of the Guam Census Office.
For more information, contact the Guam Census Office Partnership Team at (671) 645-2026 or email@example.com.