More than 113 census takers have been the victims of assaults or attacks since April 1, the U.S. Census Bureau said late Wednesday.
In response to inquiries by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Census Director Robert Groves said the
bureau’s temporary workers knocking on doors to collect information have
faced 29 threats involving a gun, four robberies and three instances of
being held against their will or carjacked. Six
workers died in car accidents and one was killed while off duty.
The Census Bureau hired about 635,000 people to follow up with people who did not return questionnaires by the end of April. The process is
more than half completed, and is scheduled to continue into July.