Utah’s 2010 Census participation rate surpasses 2000 levels

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Utah has reached a 73 percent participation rate for the 2010 Decennial Census, surpassing its 2000 rate of 72 percent. This response also puts Utah ahead of the national participation rate of 71 percent.

In our region, only two states had higher participation rates (South Dakota and Nebraska, both at 75 percent), but Utah was the only state to see an increase in the level of participation compared to a decade ago.

The high number of Utahns returning their census forms boosts the state’s odds at securing a fourth seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Utah missed out on that seat by less than 900 people in 2010.

Utah has grown by an estimated 500,000 residents since 2000 and in 2009, Utah was identified as “The fastest growing state in the nation.” Of Utah’s 29 counties, 16 are at or have exceeded their 2000 rate and 12 counties are at or above the national average. In all, 118 of 239 cities or towns are at or have exceeded their 2000 rate with 130 of them at or above national average.

There is more on the line than representation in Congress, some $400 billion in federal money is divided among the stated based on data gathered in the census.

The next phase of the 2010 Census will have Census workers going door-t0-door to count those who failed to return their forms. The decennial census is required by the United States Constitution. It is an effort to gain an accurate count of persons living in the United States–regardless of their citizenship status.

Just over half of Utahns have responded to Census

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The initial Census participation numbers are out and Utah is just above the national average but well out of the top spot. On the day the President of the United States took time to fill out his Census form, only 53 percent of Utahns had done the same. That figure is just one percent above the national average of 52 percent.

There are four basic reasons to fill out your census form:

1. Utah missed out on a fourth seat in the House of Representatives by just 857 people ten years ago. Considering some $400 billion dollars in federal money is distributed annually based on Census data, that cost our state influence and money.

2. A nation built on representation of the people, fundamentally needs to know how many people it represents. Add to that the fact that the Census is mandated by the United States Constitution and it is simply our civic duty to participate.

3. The Census is easy to fill out: just ten questions long, the entire form takes less than ten minutes to complete. It’s also safe, information gathered through the Census cannot be shared with other federal agencies or anyone else for that matter.

4. Filling out the Census form saves money. If everyone across the nation mailed back their forms, taxpayers could reduce the cost of taking the census by approximately $1.5 billion.

As a nation and as a state, we have just surpassed the 50 percent mark. Ten years ago 72 percent of Americans completed their census form. As a state, we need to exceed that number. It’s in our best interest.

To see how Utah stacks up to the rest of the nation, click here.

Salt Lake Chamber Partners with the U.S. Census Bureau to Support the 2010 Census

Monday, February 1st, 2010

The 2010 Census is approaching and Salt Lake Chamber is proud to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to help achieve a complete and accurate count of our population. Every person living in the United States must be counted in the 2010 Census – including people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens. As part of our partnership with the Census Bureau, we will provide employees, customers, business and industry partners, and others in our community with information on the 2010 Census. Our goal is to help individuals in our community and beyond to understand the importance of the census, and encourage people to complete and return their 2010 Census forms.  
Census data are vital to our company and our communities. The data collected in the census directly affect how more than $400 billion in federal funding is distributed annually to state, local and tribal governments – including our community. In fact, census data help guide local planning decisions, such as where to provide additional social services, build new roads, hospitals and schools, and where to locate job-training centers. For businesses, census data are critical to help companies make strategic and fiscally sound decisions that can spur and sustain economic development and growth. Specifically, census data can help businesses to:
•         Make informed business decisions, from marketing and capital spending to merchandising and work-force.
•         Understand customers’ demographics and needs in order to best tailor products and services.
•         Select business, store or facility locations.
•         Make long-term and forward-looking business decisions.
How you can help:

As an important member of our organization, we ask for your assistance in this important initiative.  We encourage you to let your family, friends, neighbors, business associates, industry contacts and others know that:
•         The census is easy. One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
•         The census is important. Census data guide decisions that can help improve services to our community, including schools, hospitals, housing, roads and more.
•         The census is safe. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
Everyone needs to be counted. Throughout the coming months, we’ll continue to share information with you on the 2010 Census and our partnership with the Census Bureau, as well as other census-related news and activities in our company and community. Watch for additional details or visit 2010census.gov to learn more.