Make sure you're counted in the U.S. Census

A message from PA Congresswoman Babette Josephs:

In March, you will receive a short questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau as part of the 2010 Census. I urge you to complete and return it. The importance of the Census cannot be overstated.

Conducted once every 10 years to count the number of people living in this country, it helps federal, state and local governments make sure the right amount of funding, programs and services come to our area and that you're adequately represented. Pennsylvania is expected to lose one Congressional seat; let’s make sure it’s not two. Philadelphia may lose one state House seat; fill out your form and help make sure it’s not two.

I want to make sure Pennsylvania isn't overlooked, which is why I formed the Complete Count Legislative Caucus in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The caucus will function as a bipartisan, bicameral caucus of legislators seeking to ensure the collection of accurate and reliable Census data.

In the meantime, if you're looking for work, you can apply to become part of the 2010 Census Team. A job with the U.S. Census Bureau can mean:

  • good pay, paid weekly
  • flexible hours
  • paid training
  • reimbursement for authorized mileage and other work-related expenses.

More information, including a practice test, is available at: or call the toll-free jobs line: 1-866-861-2010.
To learn more about the 2010 Census, visit the 2010 Census Web site. For more information about this or any other state-related matter, please contact me.

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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