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Be Counted!

 

Did you know that only 67% of Pittsburgh’s population was counted in the last census? Do you know what that means?

Let’s put it differently: What would it mean if you brought home an exam with a grade of 67%?

When you or your parents fill out a census form, you’re making a statement about your community’s needs. More than $4 trillion dollars over the next 10 years will go to the cities and communities that need it–well, if they are represented in the census, that is.

Census data helps your community get money for your school, afterschool programs, libraries, hospitals, job training, emergency services, senior centers, and road repair.

The stakes are especially high for cities with large groups of people who are difficult to count. Renters are one of these groups, and Pittsburgh is one of these cities–along with Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, and Houston. Is everybody really leaving Pittsburgh, or is our population just changing and inaccurately counted?

Check out these resources for more information, and make sure that you are counted!

U.S. Census Bureau

http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/index.php

Why Some Cities are Struggling with the Census

http://www.pewtrusts.org/news_room_detail.aspx?id=55388

New Pittsburgh Courier: To Be Equal

http://www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com/index.php?id=1110:to-be-equalcoalition-calls-for-accurate-census-count-&option=com_content&catid=40:opinion&Itemid=54

Sara Dora, CLP-Hazelwood

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