Census Day is April 1, 2010. Because we want to do our part to make sure everyone residing in Rockville is counted, >Rockville Central has volunteered to be a Media Partner with the 2010 Census. This means I’ll be bringing you updates on the process, job opportunities, and interesting demographic information.
The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years. The state population counts from the census are used to determine representation in the House of Representatives and the boundaries of legislative districts. Every year the federal government awards more than $300 billion to states and communities based in part on census data. Census results are used to make decisions about schools, roads, hospitals, job training, child-care and senior programs.
We need the count to be as accurate as possible, so everyone needs to fill out the questionnaire. In the past, different length questionnaires have been used but this time there is one short version for everyone. I have a copy and it’s simple. The 10 questions should take 10 minutes to complete. You will receive your copy in March. Don’t worry, the Census Bureau cannot share your information with anyone, including other federal agencies or law enforcement.
Approximately 140,000 census workers have already canvassed most neighborhoods across the country to identify each residential address. For the first time, workers used hand-held technology. The process will result in the most comprehensive U.S. address list in existence, which will be available at the end of the month.
The City of Rockville is also looking for teams of community leaders to serve on Complete Count Committees (CCC) and create local awareness campaigns. If you know the ways to reach people who reside in your area, think about starting or joining a CCC. If you would like to help make a difference, contact Shannon Loomis at 240-314-8117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.