(King Li, SCT Staff) A short celebration was held in Seattle City Hall as door-to-door follow-up operation of Census 2010 came to an end. The Census is mandated by the Constitution every 10 years. Its purpose is to accurately count the population and the results are used to allocate representing power, federal funding, among others.

(King Li, SCT Staff) A short celebration was held in Seattle City Hall as door-to-door follow-up operation of Census 2010 came to an end. The Census is mandated by the Constitution every 10 years. Its purpose is to accurately count the population and the results are used to allocate representing power, federal funding, among others.

The Seattle Complete Count Committee, a partnership between US Census Bureau and community leaders created by Mayor Greg Nickels in 2009, announced the satisfactory results. Washington State has an overall participation rate of 74% compared to the national average of 72%. The City of Seattle has a participation rate of 75% compared to 73% from Census 2000. Nationally, Seattle also has the highest participation rate among all cities with a population of 500,000 or higher.

The King County alone recruited over 20,000 people and employed over 4,000 of them during the process. Hiring all workers from within the communities, 2010 Census put over 4 million dollars back into King County in wages. According to Deputy Regional Director Mike Burns, the job opportunity helped many of the census takers gain confidence in the less-than-optimistic job market. The process also help many feel closer to the communities they live in.

King County Executive Dow Constantine also added that the traditionally “hard-to-count” cities of King County also made improvement, attributing the better results to a better counting even with the influx of new immigrants.

Eight cities within King County has over 80% of participation rate, these cities are Clyde Hill, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Duvall, Normandy Park, Brier, Woodway, and Edmonds.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here