2010 census comes to town

By CJ Cassidy - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Most of us have filled out census forms at some time in our lives.

The Census Bureau's campaign will reach out to more than 300 million residents, asking them to fill out the once-a-decade forms.

City leaders in Cape Girardeau say the census will create numerous temporary jobs in our area, but it will also do a lot more for the city's economic future in the long run, provided you fill out your census form.

The Census Bureau touts this year's form as one of the shortest in history, and state leaders hope that motivates you to answer the questions listed on it.

"It just takes ten minutes to complete," Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said.

There's no doubt getting the forms to and from you will open up quite a few jobs.

"The 2010 census will create hundreds of thousands of temporary jobs across the nation and some here in Cape Girardeau," he said.

But city leaders say we can all benefit in the long run, from all the data collected.

John Mehner with the Chamber of Commerce explains people want to move their businesses to places that are well populated, where they know they can thrive.

Kinder also points out not sending in your form could cost your state federal money.

"That's a loss of 1.3 million dollars for each 100 persons missed in the 2010 census over the next decade," Kinder said.

Census workers say people living in some rural areas can expect to have their forms hand delivered to them.

If you would like to help with this year's census they are hiring.  Call 1(866) 861-2010.

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