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Census workers to start in-person visits Saturday

April 30th, 2010 by master

On Saturday, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin in-person visits to households that did not return their 2010 Census Form.

Census workers will wear a Department of Commerce badge and carry a black bag with the official U.S. Census Bureau logo. They will ask basic questions such as names, birth dates and race of everyone living in the house as of April 1. They will not ask questions about immigration status, or request bank account or credit card information.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 74 percent of all Washington households mailed back the forms; that’s 2 percentage points higher than the national average. About 11,000 census workers will fan out across our state for the next two months, usually on weekends and early evenings to catch people at home.

Census information is used to accurately apportion congressional district seats, and determines how hundreds of billions of federal dollars are distributed.

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Today's your last day to respond to 2010 Census

April 16th, 2010 by master

If you haven’t mailed in your 2010 Census form yet, you’re in the minority in Maple Leaf.

As of today, about 70% to 80% of Maple Leaf residents had filled out and mailed in the forms, which must be postmarked by today if you don’t want census takers knocking on your door. Nationally, the participation rate was 68%, and it was 69% for all of Seattle. You can compare participation rates nationwide here.

But it’s also important to fill out the Census for the benefit of our community. From Mayor Mike McGinn:

A complete count of all Washingtonians helps ensure that we receive our fair share of federal funding – money we need for important services, such as neighborhood improvements, housing, transportation, schools and many other programs that matter to our community. Every year $400 billion is divided by the federal government among local governments based on the information collected by the census. That money represents crucial funding for vital community services such as transportation, health clinics, education programs, job training, child care, and more. But how much we get depends on how many people the federal government knows are here.

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