Census to begin Oct. 1: Officials hope special canvass of Queen Creek residents will increase revenues from the state

Queen Creek residents can expect to hear a knock at their door next month as workers employed by the U.S. Census Bureau go house to house to update the town’s population count.

The mid-decade special census is being conducting by the town of Queen Creek because town officials estimate the population has grown by about 20 percent since 2010, Matt Behunin, a management assistant for the Queen Creek Town Manager’s Office, said during a phone interview.

The 2010 population was determined to be 26,361, according to the U.S. Census Bureau website: www.census.gov. The bureau estimates the town’s population grew by 22.3 percent between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2014, according to the site.

The town estimated the population as of June 25, 2015, is 33,752, according to its website: www.queencreek.org/about-us/community-profile/population.

A special census is a basic enumeration, or record, of population, housing units, group quarters and transitory locations conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau at the request of a city or town, according to the town’s website: www.queencreek.org/census. The state uses the census data to determine a city or town’s proportionate share of state-shared revenue, according to the website. The updated data will bring additional tax revenue back to the community and help pay for municipal services, according to the website.

If the census is completed this fall, the town would see an increase in revenue starting in fiscal year 2017, Constance Halonen-Wilson, the town’s spokeswoman, said during a phone interview.