"Be Counted in 2010" is the theme of a Census 2010/City of Lakeland partnership to insure all Lakeland residents respond and are counted in the 2010 Census.
City of Lakeland Office Coordinator Theresa Meyer prepared an application and is administering the Census 2010/City of Lakeland partnership. The program is funded by Census 2010 to maximize Census 2010 responses and minimize expensive recounts.
The program will kick off at the 2010 Lakeland Lions Club Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 5, with "Census 2010 Clowns" walking the parade route and distributing candy to children (and adults) and "Be Counted in 2010" writing pens to the crowd.
A correct census count is important to the City of Lakeland not only for planning purposes, but also because a large portion of the City budget is based on population.
Census data affects our voice in Congress ...determines how may seats each state will have in the US House of Representatives as well as the redistricting of state legislatures, county and city councils, and voting districts.
February-March 2010 - Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households
April 1, 2010 - Census Day! Households return completed questionnaires
April-July 2010 - Census takers visit household that did not return a questionnaire by mail
Census information is at www.2010Census.gov.