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Final tally within reach
Census enters stretch drive
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Local 2010 Census workers are entering the final stretch. - photo by Jennifer Sami
After about a month of door-to-door visits, census workers have entered the final stretch of the once-a-decade population count.

“The whole operation was scheduled to go through the end of June,” said Dick Gormly, manager of the U.S. Census office in Alpharetta.

“Based on what our people were doing out in the field and the progress, we knew it was going to be the first part of June by the time we were finished up.”

The 2010 U.S. Census is more than just a complete count of the nation’s population every decade.

Information compiled from the census has many purposes, including dispersing about $300 billion in annual federal funding and redistricting of congressional seats.

The Alpharetta center, which handles north Fulton, Forsyth and Cherokee counties, will close by the end of September.

Gormly said about 75 percent of Forsyth households completed their mailed questionnaires.

Census workers have since been tracking down those they did not hear back from.

While the initial door-to-door visits are about 90 percent complete, census workers still will be making house calls to verify information.

“There’s still going to be other operations checking and verifying,” he said. “We’ve been very fortunate. People in our area have been very cooperative and receptive.

“We’re just trying to push across the finish line.”