2010 Imperial Valley Census Count To Begin This Spring
By Luke Phillips
Starting in the spring of 2010 Imperial Valley residents will be receiving forms in the mail, or knocks on their door, to be counted in the 2010 nation-wide census.
Residents of the United States have been counted every ten years since 1790, as stipulated in the Constitution, for the purpose of distributing federal funding and determining each state’s number of seats in the House of Representatives.
The only major change this time around is that the head of each household will be asked to complete and return a 10-question survey. Those who don’t return the form will receive a visit from a census taker who will ask the questions in person.
The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete and asks for demographic information including whether a home is rented or owned and the names, gender, ages and race of others living in the home. The information collected is not shared with anyone and is protected by federal law. The penalty for divulging census information includes a $250,000 fine or 5 years in prison, or both.
Census recruiters will also be in the area during the first three months of 2010 to hire hundreds of temporary workers to collect census information. Census jobs have flexible hours and can pay up to $18.50 an hour.
The Census Bureau requires each applicant to pass a background check and a multiple-choice exam that tests reading, following written instructions, basic math and map reading.
Those hired are required to complete four days of paid training, which can be scheduled for weekend or evening hours, and will be assigned to work in the community where they reside. Bilingual speakers and U.S. residents are given preference.
January through March 2010, census recruiters will be holding workshops and testing in Calexico on Mondays, Ocotillo on Tuesdays, Holtville on Wednesdays and El Centro on Fridays. Call your local EDD or One Stop employment center for more information or to reserve a seat. You can also visit the census Web site at www.2010censusjobs.gov.