- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Census Bureau has chosen Arizona’s Maricopa County and Savannah, Georgia, as sites for 2015 testing to prepare for the 2020 national headcount.

The bureau said Friday that the testing will study new ways to count the population, including approaches for census takers to use when following up with households that fail to respond.

According to the bureau, the Savannah testing will primarily focus on getting more residents to respond by providing ways to pre-register either online or by phone.

The bureau says it doesn’t need extra staff for the Savannah test but will hire more than 800 temporary workers for the testing in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix and most of its suburbs.

The Maricopa County test concentrates on following up with households that fail to respond.

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