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Census 2010 in full swing

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - It's a count that takes place every ten years across the country.  And on Guam, Census 2010 got underway Thursday.

The 2010 census has officially begun, as Census Advisor Justin McLaughlin explained, "April 1 is National Census Day so we just got under way we expect bumps, but it's off to a great start."  You may have seen the census takers dressed in maroon shirts as they begin canvassing the island.

"The enumerators are out there and we are starting to count people, said media specialist Yolie Elliott, with Cecile Bamba Suda adding, "We have over 400 enumerators in the field at this time."

KUAM News caught up with one such enumerator today in a neighborhood in Tamuning.  Overall, the staffer said the response was good, but they have been turned away by some residents, saying the experience was "not pleasant".

McLaughlin says this is just the type of roadbump they were anticipating, adding, "Encourage people as we have its such an important role to play in filling out the survey for Guam's future, really"

Enumerator Erika De Leon Guerrero says she completes surveys at about seven houses per day, during her six-hour shift, saying, "No problems by finishing by the 31st of August, which was our intention from outset.  From this census will be the success of what kind of federal funding Guam will get in the next ten years."

The enumerators are out in the field conducting the count from about 8 in the morning until 9 at night.

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