Officials representing many of the municipalities, districts and agencies in Arapahoe County met Dec. 16 for discussions on methods to try to ensure …
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Officials representing many of the municipalities, districts and
agencies in Arapahoe County met Dec. 16 for discussions on methods
to try to ensure the 2010 census counts everyone.
Frank Weddig, Arapahoe County Commissioner, who chaired the
meeting, said estimates are the 2000 census didn’t include about 10
percent of county residents.
He said the goal is to eliminate duplications and to work
together in order to drop the number of people not counted to as
close to zero as possible.
The push to improve the accuracy of the census is stressed
because funding for so many federal and state programs are tied to
the census numbers. Estimates are a community or county loses
almost $900 in program funding for every resident not counted by
Larry Mugler, census partnership specialist, the U.S.
constitution mandates there be a census every 10 years and there
has been a census every decade since 1790.
“The census is the largest peacetime mobilization our country
does and it is done every 10 years,” he said. “We are beginning the
planning now because we know we need the active support of local
officials to make this the most successful census every.”
Mugler explained people will begin receiving the forms in March
and the 10-question form is the smallest in census history.
Residents are asked to complete the form and return it by mail
by about April 1.
“If we don’t get a form from a residence by April 1, we’ll send
our a second form,” Mugler said. “If we still don’t get a response
by about April 15, we will personally visit the people and urge
them to complete the census.”
The census bureau will have help available for those who
struggle with the form, Mugler said. Plans are to set up 40 to 50
questionnaire assistance sites around the county. There will be
people at the sites to help with issues such as language
“We plan to have interpreters fluent is six different languages
available as well as flash cards in 59 other languages to help
direct people where to go to get interpretation help,” he said.
The census bureau also has sent curriculum and lesson plan
materials to superintendents and principals in area schools.
The county is split between two regional offices. The Aurora
office, which is located in Centennial, works with the portion of
Arapahoe County east of Interstate-25. The remainder of Arapahoe
County, all of Douglas County and Park County, as well as most of
Jefferson County, work with the census representatives in the
For more information about the census, visit the Web site at
www.census.gov. Those in
eastern Arapahoe County can call the Centennial office at
303-385-4200 and those in western Arapahoe County and in Douglas
County can call the Lakewood office at 720-475-3670.
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