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Sarasota, FL 34236
 

RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO
PARTICIPATE IN U.S. CENSUS

Sarasota, FL: With the distribution of federal and state dollars at stake, City of Sarasota officials are encouraging every resident to participate in the U.S. Census. It is hoped the participation rate will increase from the last census in 2000, when participation by City of Sarasota residents was below the national and state averages.

In 2000, the participation rate within the City of Sarasota was 67%. In the State of Florida, it was 68%, while the national participate rate was 72%. “We need to increase participation,” said Mayor Richard Clapp. “Every person counted within the City of Sarasota will have a direct impact on how much federal funding the City receives. The questionnaire is quick, simple and confidential. By spending ten minutes to fill it out, you will help determine $400 billion in federal funding allocations until the next census is taken in 2020. This is a once-in-a-decade count. So, let’s make it count,” said Mayor Clapp. Sales taxes, gas taxes and other revenue sharing are also based upon population. The count also impacts apportionment -- the number of seats a state holds within the U.S. House of Representatives.

A brief ten question form will be delivered to every household by mid-March. You are asked to fill it out and return it in the enclosed pre-paid envelope. Those residents who do not mail in a completed 2010 Census will be visited at their home by a census taker. The census includes questions about the number of people living in your household, their gender, age and race. All responses are confidential.

April 1st is Census Day. All responses throughout the nation will be based on circumstances that day. The U.S. Census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

To learn more about the 2010 Census visit: www.2010.census.gov

To track the participation rate within the City of Sarasota visit:
http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/#WatchPortrait

 

For more information, please contact:
Jan Thornburg, Public Information Officer (941) 954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com