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Don't ignore the census form you'll soon be getting in the mail -- $4 trillion could be riding on it.

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Clinton Robertson loads a display into a trailer after a stop in the Census 2010 tour at the Southside Y, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in Clinton Robertson loads a display into a trailer after the stop at the Southside Y. During the next four months, the census campaign will stop at more than 800 events nationwide.  Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Clinton Robertson loads a display into a trailer after a stop in the Census 2010 tour at the Southside Y, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in Clinton Robertson loads a display into a trailer after the stop at the Southside Y. During the next four months, the census campaign will stop at more than 800 events nationwide.

That's the amount of federal funding expected to be doled out during the next 10 years based on the results of the census, which is conducted at the start of each decade. The money helps fund hospitals, job training centers, emergency services and public works projects. Title I money for low-income schools and students also is allocated based on census results.

"Just about every facet of our life and life experiences the census impacts," said Ed Davis, the regional partnership coordinator for the Census Bureau, who was in Augusta on Wednesday to promote the counting with a regional Census Bus Tour.

Census officials say receiving an accurate count is vital to ensure each community gets the resources and representation it needs. Population figures also determine how many seats a state receives in Congress.

The 2000 census helped Georgia add two Congressional districts. One of the districts created -- District 12 -- includes part of Richmond County and is represented by Democrat John Barrow.

A redistricting committee also was formed by the Augusta Commission after the 2000 count to realign District 6 to help maintain racial balance on the board.

Similar changes could result from the 2010 count.

The bus tour that stopped at the Southside Y in Augusta is part of a national effort to promote filling out the forms. Mr. Davis said one of the biggest obstacles to getting people to complete the questionnaire is assuring them of confidentiality.

Census takers are bound by an oath not to reveal any personal information, and the information is reported only as general statistics, Mr. Davis said.

"We know there's a lot of sensitivity about personal identity issues," he said.

Members of the Augusta Census Complete committee attended the bus tour event to promote the survey. The committee, whose co-chairmen were chosen by Mayor Deke Copenhaver, consists of about 10 people who are reaching out to business, education, government and faith-based communities to help improve the return rate.

"We're trying to cover the whole community and just beat the drum," said Paulwyn Boliek, co-chairman of the group.

Reach Erin Zureick at (706) 823-3217 or erin.zureick@augustachronicle.com.

Census officials say receiving an accurate count is vital to ensure each community gets the resources and representation it needs. Here's a look at some of the information (from the 2000 Census) that will be used:







 RICHMOND COUNTY COLUMBIA COUNTYAIKEN COUNTY
Population 199,775 89,288 142,552
Male 48.2% 48.9% 48.2%
Female 51.8% 51.1% 51.8%
Median household income $33,086 $55,682 $37,889
Individuals below poverty level 37,313 (19.6%) 4,540 (5.1%) 19,455 (13.8%)

Source: census.gov

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/07/10 - 05:52 am
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This is the reason for the

This is the reason for the big push of the '08 election and the reason for the horribly inefficiently run redistribution process that precipitated the economic collapse, as it was supposed to. The Dems, who control the lamestream press, were able to blame all of the worlds woes, bad weather, economic collapse, war, global warming, on Bush and the Repubs. Control of distribution of 4 trillion dollars is a lot of power. The Dems out "politicaled" the Repubs again.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/07/10 - 07:44 am
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Rahm Emanuel is going to put

Rahm Emanuel is going to put down what he wants anyway. No transparency even with the census these days.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/07/10 - 08:13 am
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AC, FIX THE TABLE. The

AC, FIX THE TABLE. The sloppiness is getting out of hand.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 01/07/10 - 08:40 am
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Remember, the only question

Remember, the only question that must be answered is how many peoples stays at your house.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/07/10 - 09:55 am
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5 people live in my house.

5 people live in my house. Now go away.

deekster
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deekster 01/07/10 - 09:56 am
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The demigods are packing the

The demigods are packing the "welfare center cities" with illegal and non resident emigrants to create false census numbers. This will be the "most corrupt" enumeration of the U.S. in history. Look at the 2000 results. The "welfare center cities" of this country create enough electoral votes to sway any election already. Maybe this census will "burn" accidentally in a basement in D.C.

deekster
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deekster 01/07/10 - 09:58 am
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The first census moved Jesus

The first census moved Jesus to the "prophesied place of His birth". The 2010 census may move the "antichrist" into the White House.

naturehazard
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naturehazard 01/07/10 - 11:05 am
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Why are we looking at

Why are we looking at statistics from 2000. The Augusta area must really be growing. The census took time out to stop here.

robelenj
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robelenj 01/07/10 - 05:14 pm
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Maybe because the census is

Maybe because the census is only taken every 10 years. Ten years from today would the year 2000 which would be the last recorded census figures.

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