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Salt Lake residents urged to participate in census

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The government has been getting the word out about the 2010 census. Now Salt Lake City is urging citizens to participate.

During the 2000 census, tens of thousands of Utahns were not counted. Consequently, the state didn't get its share of federal funding or representation.

That's why Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker was at Rose Park Elementary Thursday morning to kick-off a program aimed at getting Utahns to take 10 minutes to answer the 10 census questions.

"It's been estimated in the last reports that up to 30,000 people were not accounted for in the state of Utah, and that adds up to about 10,000 in Salt Lake City; and it makes an enormous difference in this state. We would have had an additional congressional seat," Becker said. "It also makes a huge difference in the amount of money we get, and federal grants and the services we are able to provide to our community."

Becker added that Utah lost out on about $890 million over the last 10 years because of the 30,000 Utahns who were not counted in the 2000 census.

Salt Lake City's new motto for this census is "10 in 2010"; 10 simple questions, in 10 quick minutes.

Next week, the city plans to launch a website with all the census information in hopes of getting businesses, communities and individuals rallied to participate in the census.

Utahns can start looking for their 2010 census in the mail starting in March; April 1 is Census Day, when the forms are due. It's said these are the easiest questions the census has ever asked.

How will the 2010 Census actually happen?

  • Step 1: Census is underway
    Census workers canvassed the country between April and July 2009 to update addresses and maps from the previous census. This process is important because buildings that existed in the last census may no longer be standing, or a community may have new construction that needs to be recorded.
  • Step 2: The form arrives
    More than 130 million addresses throughout the nation will receive a census form in March 2010, either by mail or in person from a census worker. Households should complete and return their forms upon receipt.
  • Step 3: Census Day is April 1, 2010
    Responses to the census form should include everyone living at your address. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share an individual's personal information with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
  • Step 4: Follow-up
    Addresses that still have not responded are visited in person by a census worker beginning in late April through July. (Census workers can be identified by a census badge and bag.)
  • Step 5: The results are in
    The U.S. Census Bureau will provide the 2010 apportionment counts to the President by Dec. 31, 2010. This includes the total population counts and the number of representatives for each state.


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Amanda Butterfield


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