Census takers needed in Spokane ahead of 2020 census

The upcoming census is a little more than six months out — depending on how much the population has increased or decreased, it’ll determine how billions of dollars in federal money is divided for the next 10 years across the country.

To get an accurate count of how many people are living here, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting hundreds of temporary census takers right here in the Inland Northwest.

The national population count occurs once every 10 years. It helps determine each state’s representation in congress and influences how more than $675 billion is distributed each year.

Census takers will make $14.50 per hour.

The requirements are quite simple. In order to be a census taker you have to be 18 years or older, have a social security number, and an active e-mail address.

“Say you’re retired or you’re a college student and you want to earn extra income, it’s on your own schedule so you have that flexibility,” said Licett Figueroa, Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau.

You’ll also be required to complete an application, answer assessment questions, as well as pass a background check. The hours are flexible and can include working days, evenings, or weekends.

The questionnaire will be mailed in March and census takers will start door knocking next summer.

More information can be found HERE.