Census Block

We have what are called “Assigned Areas” (AA’s) that equate to a bunch of right turns that are suppose to equate to “Blocks”.


Example of a Census Block on the Mainland

Because of the canvassing methodology that is required to make sure that we don’t miss houses, they want us to traverse in a clockwise manner around each block (AA) that we are in.

Depending on where your (AA) is located, your block could be really tiny or really large.  Some of the (AA’s) that could be tiny in size… could actually be heavy in actual workload and input.

It’s basically how “dense” a block is with houses that equates to how much work I do and whether I use my car or not in making some of my rounds.  A lot of my early census work was done in Hilo where many of the blocks were small and required me to get out of the car going door-to-door on foot.

Now, I’m in more of a rural area where the blocks can literally end up being 10 miles – 20 miles in actual circumference.  (For my off island readers… remember that Puna itself is larger then the entire island of Oahu.)  So in many of these blocks that I’m going through, I use my car.

This provides a few things to my advantage.

1. I don’t have to walk all the time 2. I’m protected from the rain most of the time 3. I always know where my car is located and I don’t have to worry about someone breaking into my car and 4) it provides an automatic noise of someone going up most gravel driveways so if people are home… they aren’t so surprised by me just walking up on them and 5) the most important thing… It provides a shield from the dogs that come barking at me.

The thing that sucks with a lot of these rural blocks that are pretty much assigned by someone in Washington DC that knows nothing about the area, is that many of the roads in Puna that they have on their maps, have now been long over grown or are gated off or are just so damaged that cars have never even gone on these roads in years.  Yet, according to my “Assigned Area” they want me to go into these areas!!!

Well this is where we have what is called an “Info Comm” and we can report an area that we just can’t get to.  Luckily, one of those check boxes includes dangerous areas… and yes, vicious dogs fall under that category.


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