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Census Workers have begun visiting properties in Polk County.

As part of a nationwide effort by the U.S. Census, address canvassing has begun in Polk County and across the country making it the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. 

To help identify employees, badges and briefcases indicating their affiliation with the Census Bureau will be displayed. They will knock on doors, introduce themselves as Census Bureau employees, show their official government ID badges and explain the purpose of the visit. They then will ask a few simple questions to verify the address and any additional living quarters on the property for inclusion in the census. 

Read more about address canvassing on the Census Bureau website.

View Areas Being Visited in Polk County

The 2020 Census: In-Field Address Canvassing (IFAC) Viewer provides county information on areas that listers will visit.


Rashawn T. Cunningham

Kenneth Lawrence Fenner

Parrish Keyon Gary

Malcolm Dwayne Hannon

Regis Ahmad Nesbitt-Bittle

Sarah Anne Byrd

Issac E. Arledge

Loren N. Atkins

Spencer L. Simpson

Matthew A. Thornton

Timothy R. James

David A. Justice

Chucky Tyrone McEntyre

Isiah J. Whitley

If you know where any of these individuals are, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 828-894-3001

nixle community notifications

Polk County has partnered with Nixle to implement its Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time (via Text, Email, Voice, and Web) for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories. 

As a resident, there are several simple ways to register:

             1. Click on the "Sign Up!" button below on the news ticker.

             2. Text your ZIPCODE or POLKNC to 888777 from your mobile phone.

Once registered, residents will receive a confirmation text to their mobile device. Residents may also customize their alert settings by going to and creating a User Profile.