Census babies count, too

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The U.S. Census Bureau will count babies born on Thursday, April 1 in the 2010 Census.

St. Mary was selected as the area hospital to promote the importance of the Census. Officials from the Census Bureau will present babies born at St. Mary Medical Center on April 1, with a shirt that says “I’m here. I Count. U. S. Census 2010.” Parents will also receive a gift bag with items commemorating Census 2010.

The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census form will be one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete.

Results from the 2010 Census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities and many other programs and services.  Without a complete, accurate census, communities may not receive their fair share.

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