The Census Enumerator

The census will employ 4,663 Enumerators to deliver and collect a census form to every home in Ireland. Each enumerator is allocated an area to cover with an average of 430 households. Each enumerator is responsible for delivering all the census forms to every household in his / her area.


Census Enumerators wearing the yellow high visibility jackets are instantly recognisable . They will be equipped with a black satchel printed with the words “Central Statistics Office An Phríomh Oifig Stadrimh”. In addition all enumerators will carry official CSO identification. Householders should satisfy themselves about the identity of the enumerator by asking to see their ID card.

It is the enumerators’ job to make personal contact with every householder and deliver the census form in person; this means they often have to call back to some households several times. It takes the enumerator about 4 weeks to deliver all the census forms in his / her area so you can expect to see your enumerator out and about in your area quite often while the census is on. The enumerator must also collect every census form after census night.

The enumerator will also answer any queries or provide any assistance that householders need in relation to the form. They will be able to provide householders with an Irish language copy of the form or additional support if required, for example, a translation of the form into one of 21 languages, large print or audio versions of the form.

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