The Census Bureau is telling residents not to worry if the forms they received in the mail this week list what appears to be the wrong city of residence.
To save money and streamline how questionnaires are sorted and delivered, the federal agency used consolidated postal addresses, so a person who lives in one city might see the name of a nearby city on their form. The pre-printed address is for mailing purposes only and does not affect how census officials count residents.
"Let's say they're in Dublin. It may say they're in Pleasanton," said Michael Munk of the Alameda County Community Development Agency. "But it's just a postal address, not where the census is putting you. ... It's not a problem."
Concerns have been raised by residents in Castro Valley, who said their forms had a Hayward address, as well as San Pablo, where some forms had a Richmond address.
But the Census Bureau has already verified where they live and will count them in the right place, Munk said. The exact street address is recorded in the bar code on the front of the form.