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2010 Census Work Begins in Earnest


Aired 4/20/09



Census workers are gearing up for the next census, which is officially one year away. Letters will go out April 1st,  2010.  KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on what is at stake.


Government officials say the 2000 Census missed an estimated 8 million people nationwide, mostly minorities and immigrants. It also counted about 4 million people twice: mostly students and people who own more than one home.


Ardess Lilly coordinates outreach in Southern California, including San Diego. He says the next year will be spent building partnerships with community groups that work with the under -counted populations to gain their trust.


Lilly says the 2010 census questionnaire will only include 10 questions, "It's really easy to fill out the form, it's a short form for 2010, it's safe and it's very important ."


Lilly says minority groups need to be reassured the personal information collected will not be used against them.


Over the past decade, Lilly says, $300 billion in federal money has been distributed, based on the numbers collected in the previous census.


Alison St John, KPBS news.


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