Northwestern playing host to 'Be Counted' site for U.S. Census April 15-16

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Northwestern playing host to 'Be Counted' site for U.S. Census April 15-16

April 13, 2010

Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva is playing host to a 2010 U.S. Census “Be Counted” site Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Households that return their forms after Friday, April 16, may still be visited by census workers, who begin going door-to-door to collect census responses on May 1.

Christi Vickerswith Northwestern’s AmeriCorps VISTA office said that anyone who needs a form, has questions or needs help in filling out a form is welcome to visit with local Census worker Jim Case in the Student Center.

Case also is available at a “Be Counted” site at the Alva Public Library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. through Friday.

Vickers said that all students living on campus should have received a form at each of their rooms. If the form hasn’t been filled out and returned, or if there are questions, students can turn in their forms or ask questions at the “Be Counted” sites.

Vickers also said that she has a few forms available in her office should anyone still need one.

According to the Census Bureau, people also may call the toll free number, 866-872-6868, to request a form or give answers over the phone. Phone assistance also is available for non-English speaking persons and the hearing impaired.

More than $400 billion in annual federal government funding to state and local governments is tied to population counts, as well as government representation. After the 2000 Census, Oklahoma lost a seat in Congress because of the state’s population. There are estimates that every person not counted costs state and local governments about $1,000 annually in lost federal funding.

As of Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau is reporting a national response rate of 66 percent. Oklahomans are showing a response rate of 60 percent. The communities of Alva and Enid are showing a 69 percent response rate with Woodward at 60 percent. The county response rate shows Woods County at 67 percent, Garfield County at 68 percent and Woodward County at 58 percent.