U.S. Census Bureau Calls Ethnic Media For Full Support in 2010 Census

On December 7th, the U.S. Census Bureau held 2010 Census Media Meeting in Seattle City Hall. Associate Director for Field Operations-Marilia Matos, Acting Branch Chief Decennial Media Relations: Michael C.Cook and Regional Director-Ralph J.Lee attended the meeting and promoted the importance of conducting the census. 

The total count of census population determine which state gain or lose representation in Congress. As for the development of individual state, this data is used to determine locations for schools, hospitals, new housing developments and other community facilities. It also determined boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts. In addition, the census data is an important indictment to the amount of state and federal funding communities receive over the course of the decade since a census of the population is mandated every 10 years.

On December 7th, the U.S. Census Bureau held 2010 Census Media Meeting in Seattle City Hall. Associate Director for Field Operations-Marilia Matos, Acting Branch Chief Decennial Media Relations: Michael C.Cook and Regional Director-Ralph J.Lee attended the meeting and promoted the importance of conducting the census. The total count of census population determine which state gain or lose representation in Congress. As for the development of individual state, this data is used to determine locations for schools, hospitals, new housing developments and other community facilities. It also determined boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts. In addition, the census data is an important indictment to the amount of state and federal funding communities receive over the course of the decade since a census of the population is mandated every 10 years.  During the meeting, the officers of the U.S. Census Bureau shared the overview for the 2010 Census. According to the plan, the U.S. Census Bureau expects to count all residents including non-citizens living in the United States on April 1, 2010. Due to an increasingly diverse population, the U.S. Census Bureau will provide questionnaires in Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Vietnamese and Russian.  In order to collect accurate data, the Census Bureau will recruit about 3.8 million applicants for 2010 Census field operations. Of these employees, there will be an estimated 1.4 million temporary positions.  As one of the shortest questionnaires in history, the 2010 Census questionnaires only have 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes for the average household to complete. The officers hoped that the residents would be cooperative with the Census Bureau to complete the data counting for the 2010 Census. At the roundtable session, representatives from ethnic media raised concerns and questions related to their individual culture and ethnic background aiming to achieve an accurate and successful census count. Frequently Asked Questions:1.     Who should fill out the census questionnaire?2.     How will the 2010 census differ from previous censuses?3.     How are census data used?4.     What kind of assistance is available to help people complete the questionnaire?5.     How does the Census Bureau count people without a permanent residence? 

For answers for these questions and more information about the 2010 Census, go to

www.2010census.gov.

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