Census 2010 Is Here!
After nearly two years of hard work, the Economics and Statistics' Census Office is ready to roll out its army of enumerators for the 2010 Census, which launches this Sunday, 10 October.
"We are ready, we are excited and we hope the entire country will support this important national exercise," Economics and Statistics Director Maria Zingapan said.
In a little more than two days, 263 enumerators will take to the streets as they begin to count all residents of the Cayman Islands. The census is expected to last until the end of November.
In anticipation of this two-month project, Census Manager Elizabeth Talbert reminded people what the census workers will be wearing when they visit homes: "They will wear a blue or yellow Census 2010 T-shirt, they must have a Census 2010 identification card, and they will most probably carry a clipboard and a black Census 2010 bag.
"Remember, it is your right to ask them for proof of their identity before you invite them in," she emphasised.
Ms Talbert also noted that all enumerators signed an oath of confidentiality, ensuring that Census 2010 information will be kept safe and secure.
Enumerators will work seven days a week. On weekdays residents can expect to see them mostly after hours, but on weekends they will knock on doors throughout the day.
"Our enumerators have been trained well, and they will help people with every question. People don't need to figure the questionnaire out by themselves. We want everyone to feel comfortable with the census, and we encourage them to ask questions," Ms Talbert said.
To help residents even more, ESO staff have set up district census offices that will operate almost 12 hours a day: "If at any time you have a problem or are hesitant - please give us a call!" Ms. Talbert added.
District Census Offices
- Weekdays and Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Sunday, 10 October only: 1p.m. - 6 p.m.
- George Town: Paddington Place, 946-5107 (Daisylyn Chin or Selbourn Christian)
- West Bay: Centennial Towers, 914-7864 (Nicole Emmanuel-Jones or Theodore Thompson)
- Eastern Districts: Countryside Shopping Village (Adolphus Laidlow or Michael Godfrey)
- Cayman Brac and Little Cayman: 948-0940 (Chevala Burke)
For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver