All materials for the 2020 Census of American Samoa were shipped on the cargo flight over the weekend and now on their way to the US Census Bureau for analysis and tabulation.
All field and follow up activities for the decennial count of every man, woman and child in the territory were completed last month and according to Director of Commerce Fuiavailili Keniseli Lafaele, the Census Office is satisfied that a complete and accurate count of all residents of American Samoa has been completed.
The Census Office is now completing remaining administrative tasks to prepare for the closure of the office at the Lumanai Building next month.
The official population count, which is the first data to be released, will be out in 2021.
Other data will be released subsequently, including demographic, social, and housing characteristics.
The measles outbreak and the COVID-19 pandemic happened during the census.
“With a staff of over 300, it can be a challenge to quickly adapt to fluid circumstances,” said the DOC Director. “The Census Office successfully met new requirements due to health emergencies during both recruiting (measles) and data collection (coronavirus). The hard working, creative staff worked closely with supportive ASG colleagues to ensure a complete and accurate count.”
Now that the census operation is wrapping up the US Census Bureau Advisor to American Samoa, Jason Kopp is preparing to leave the territory.
“The Census Office could not have completed the 2020 Census of American Samoa successfully without Mr. Jason Kopp’s expert advice, guidance and support. We hope to bid our friend Jason Kopp farewell September 25, God willing,” said Director Fuiavailili.
He also thanked the public for their cooperation.
“The US Census Bureau, the American Samoa Department of Commerce, and the Census Office wish to thank the people of American Samoa for their support of the 2020 Census of American Samoa.
You have helped the Census Office collect complete and accurate data that will be used to shape the future of American Samoa. Fa’afetai, fa’afetai tele lava!