Saturday, U.S. Census Bureau is hosting statewide street events to help lower the numbers of census takers who have to hit the streets next month.
It’s being called a nationwide blitz by the Census Bureau, which says hundreds of volunteers across the state will hold rallies, parades, block parties and entertainment events to tell people it’s not too late to mail back their 2010 census questionnaires.
It’s not really a party to celebrate the census; it’s to help cut down on the number of census-takers who will begin door-to-door visits to collect information from households that did not return the form.
The events scheduled statewide include a “fly-in” at the Pickens County Airport, public-safety vehicles parade in Conway; a Hispanic festival in Pageland; a children’s festival in Hilton Head, a a Latina ballet performance in Greenville; a fish fry in Greenwood; and a booth at the Anderson Jockey Lot.
U.S. Census Bureau Regional Director William W. Hatcher says the push is “taking place in neighborhoods where mail participation is low. A low mail return increases the chance that people might be missed in the census, which would mean a loss to the state and to the people in those neighborhoods.”
That’s because more than $400 billion in federal funds is distributed annually through state, local and tribal governments to communities each year based on population data. Census results also are used to determine each state’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redraw state and local voting districts.