You Count — So Be Counted

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Well, we all count to our families, friends and associates.  We’re talking here about being counted as a resident of these United States and in particular, New Mexico and the Estancia Valley.  For those of you who may still wonder why it is important to be counted during the 2010 United States Census, here’s a few reasons:

  • Apportionment in Congress is population based, i.e., more people in State — more representation in Washington, DC
  • Redistricting occurs in each State every ten years and is population based
  • Federal Fund distributions are based on census results, i.e., 215 federal programs, 31% of all federal aid based on population and/or demographics (New Mexico receives an average of $1911 per person on average each year)

If you like to access data as a hobby or for another reason such as planning for the future the United States 2010 Census website has a wealth of information for the Nation, individual states and other government entities or areas.  You can go here for the homepage and head to other links to obtain a variety of information.

One interesting feature is titled the Take 10 Map.  It provides data on participation rates for the 2010 census.  The Take 10 pages are easy to use and you can start here.

For those who reside in the Town of Edgewood, go to the town website and see the Census 2010 widget to see Edgewood’s progress in mail submissions.

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