Presentation on theme: "ITS IN OUR HANDS. 2010 Census: A snapshot 2 What: Count of everyone residing in the United States. Including D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands,"— Presentation transcript:
ITS IN OUR HANDS
2010 Census: A snapshot 2 What: Count of everyone residing in the United States. Including D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. Who: All U.S. residents must be countedpeople of all races and ethnic groups, both citizens and non- citizens. Why: U.S. Constitution requires a national Census once every 10 years. When: Census Day is April 1, How: With YOUR help!
Complete Count Committees What: Volunteer committee are established by local government. Members appointed by the Mayor. Who: Representatives from local government, education, business, religious organizations and media. Why: Increase awareness and motivate residents to respond. How: Develop and implement a plan to increase community response. Conduct community outreach Educate and inform community residents Host 2010 Census events and promotions Encourage 2010 Census participation 3
Why are partners so important to the 2010 Census Approximately 140,000 organizations partnered and supported the 2000 Census including state and local government, schools, community and faith based organizations, media, businesses and others. The Census relies on partners to help explain the importance of completing the Census form. By joining forces, the Census Bureau has a greater chance to reach every U.S. resident than attempting it alone.
2010 Census: Communication program goals Response : Increase mail response. Accuracy : Improve accuracy and reduce the differential undercount. Cooperation : Improve cooperation with Census takers. 5
Complete and accurate count Why is a complete and accurate count important? Every year, the federal government allocates $400 billion to states and communities based, in part, on Census data. Census data shapes the future of your community. Census data guides local decision-makers on where to build new roads, hospitals, child-care and senior citizen centers, schools and more. Businesses use Census data to locate retail stores, new housing and other facilities. Census data determines how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and the boundaries of legislative districts. 6
Arizona Population In Arizona, every person counted represents approximately $1,250. Approximately $1,000 per person in federal dollars. Demographics: A state's share of residents aged 65 or older and under 18 helps determine spending levels for many federal programs that assist elderly and children. Economic well-being: High poverty rates & low income levels increase federal spending on assistance programs.
Arizona Population Industry mix: A concentration of defense industries boosts federal procurement dollars, and a concentration of farming increases federal expenditures for agricultural assistance. Federal facilities: The location of federal facilities, ranging from military bases to offices to research labs determine state-by-state federal spending on employee benefits, wages, and salaries, among other items. Emergency situations: Targeted federal spending helps offset the impact of unexpected and adverse developments, including natural disasters and human catastrophes.
State Shared Revenues Approximately $250 per capita in state shared revenues are distributed to municipalities. State shared revenues are essentially sales tax redistributed to municipalities based on population. Town of Florence receives approximately $5,429,000 per year in state shared revenues which equates to 59 percent of the total general fund revenues. Shared Revenues are used to fund: Police Fire Library Parks & Recreation Senior Center Planning Administration Services
2010 Census questionnaire Easy: Shortest Census questionnaire in history. 10 questions, takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. More detailed socioeconomic information will be collected annually from a small percentage of the population through the American Community Survey. Safe: By law, responses cannot be shared with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. Important: Census information helps determine locations for schools, roads, hospitals, job training, child-care and senior citizen centers, and more. 16
Questionnaire Assistance Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) QACs provide respondents with assistance to include: Completing questionnaire Providing special language assistance Answering general questions Denver Region will have approximately 1,800 QACs open from February 26 through April 19, QAC in Florence: Old Main Building at Florence High School, Florence Chamber office, and Pinal County office. Toll-Free numbers will be available to assist with language needs. 19
Operations: Be Counted The Be Counted program provides a means for people to be included who believe they did not receive a questionnaire or were otherwise excluded. Denver Region will have approximately 2,300 Be Counted locations Be Counted boxes will be available April 1-30, Locations are to be determined. 20
2010 Census: Key dates One-year-out milestone: April 1, 2009 (Census Week) Verifying the Census address list: April – July 2009 National Media Campaign Kick-Off – January 2010 Delivery of 2010 Census questionnaires: March Census Day: April 1, 2010 Final counts delivered to President: Dec. 31, 2010 Redistricting counts delivered to states:February – March
Questions about the Census? Town Contacts: Mark Thompson, Lisa Garcia, To partner, contact Magdalena Barajas in the Tucson Census Office at or For additional information on the 2010 Census, visit Thank you! 22