A traditional Tibetan dance set against the backdrop of a quilt covered by hand prints of local kindergartners helped open an office of the U.S. …
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A traditional Tibetan dance set against the backdrop of a quilt
covered by hand prints of local kindergartners helped open an
office of the U.S. Census Bureau in Centennial.
The upcoming 2010 Census — with its emphasis on multiculturalism
and citizens of all demographics — is being promoted with the tag
line, “It’s In Our Hands,” to promote the upcoming count of every
The so-named Aurora Local Census Office located on South Revere
Parkway in Centennial was one of five Colorado offices of the 2010
Census to host grand openings on Dec. 1. The local office will
facilitate the federal head count in Arapahoe and Adams
“We have one important job that we’re going to do here for the
next 10 months,” office manager Jim Martinez announced to a room of
local government officials. “We have a giant melting pot of people
and it’s going to take all of you in here to help us make that goal
— to make sure we have a 100 percent count. Anything less is a
failure for this office.”
The U.S. Constitution requires a national census every 10 years
to count the population. The information serves a variety of
functions, including apportionment of congressional seats and
community eligibility for state and federal grants.
All residents — citizens and noncitizens alike — must be
counted, according to federal law. Requested information includes
the number of people who live in a given home, as well as their
sex, age and ethnicity.
Eight-year-old Centennial has initiated a public-relations
campaign to encourage participation in the census. The city did not
exist at the time of the 2000 count and has a particular interest
in maintaining its unofficial population of 103,000.
“Not a lot of people know where we are and where our borders
are,” Mayor-elect Cathy Noon said. “It will be vital to our city to
have an accurate and true account of the number of people who live
here, and their ages, their walks of life — so we have good data to
go out and form and shape what our community is.”
Commerce City in Adams County to the north is another Denver
suburb that has seen major demographic change and population growth
since the last census a decade ago.
“We’ve done a little better than double our population,” Mayor
Paul Natale said. “ We need to make sure we’re getting all the
representation we’re going to get at the federal level.”
In February and March of next year, census questionnaires will
be mailed and hand-delivered to all households in the United
States. The forms are supposed to be returned by mail to the Census
Bureau by April 1.
Between May and July, census takers, wearing identifying badges,
will visit households that did not return a questionnaire as part
of a follow-up effort to gather missing information.
The Census Bureau must provide its data to President Obama by
Dec. 21, 2010.
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share its information with
outside parties, including other federal, state and local
According to recruiting manager Carla Patrick, the bureau is
keeping the nation’s diversity in mind as it tries to communicate
with a variety of populations.
“We know that Arapahoe County and Adams County have very diverse
communities and we want out workforce to reflect that,” she said.
“We want the workforce to reflect all those languages, the cultures
and the ethnicities.”
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