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City, county officials urge residents to cooperate with 2010 Census
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 by Austin Monitor
City and county officials kicked off an effort yesterday to encourage area residents to cooperate with the 2010 federal Census effort, which is set to begin in January. At stake is millions of dollars in federal funding as well as representation in Congress.
Part of the effort is through the Austin Travis County Complete Count Committee, a group of volunteers charged with helping locate people that are more difficult to find and count.
One of the messages from the officials was that participation is easy.
Mayor Pro Tem Mike
One member of the committee—which is newly formed and only now going through training—is Susana Almanza of PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources). Almanza reiterated the need to complete census forms, adding that
But many like
City demographer Ryan Robinson said, “I am very happy to be beginning this now. . . We need to be full on and fully engaged. I would agree with (Almanza) that we wouldn’t have wanted to wait any longer.” However, Robinson said there could be a danger in starting the publicity too early.
Asked for predictions, Robinson said, “I think we’ll get verification that we have diversified enormously in the last 10 years. I think we’ll come in at 36-37 percent Latino, 6 percent Asian, 7 or 8 percent African American—it will be down. So that leaves the non-Hispanic white population at 47-48 percent. We will be a majority minority community. So, it’s going to be very exciting—where will
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