Are You Ready for the 2010 Census?

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ-TV) -- The U.S. Census Bureau's Road Tour rolled into Huntington Monday to get folks ready for the upcoming 2010 Census.

Workers say they want to make people aware about the details of the Census and to let them know why it is so important to fill it out.

"There's $400 billion available across the country for various services," Michael Bsharah of the U.S. Census Bureau said. "And if they're not fully counted, you don't get your full share."

The 2010 U.S. Census, which will be mailed or delivered to households in March, counts the population of the country and determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The census consists of 10 questions and workers say should only take about 10 minutes to complete.

But the 2010 Census is also helping some folks find a job. Workers say the U.S. Census Bureau will hire more than one million people to complete the task of counting every person in the country.

"It's a good opportunity," Bsharah said. "They'll feel like they are contributing in an important way to their community and their community's future."

For more information, you can call 1-866-861-2010 or visit

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