Census assistance centers set up to help area residents answer questions
Carbon County officials want to remind all TIMES NEWS coverage area residents that numerous Census 2010 Be Counted and Questionnaire Assistance centers have been set up to help anyone fill out their census forms.
Any resident with questions regarding the census or if you have not yet received the forms, can contact their local center for assistance.
Assistance center locations in Carbon County include: Beaver Meadows Municipal Building; Bowmanstown Borough Building; Giant Food Store in Lehighton; Bowmanstown Borough Building; Lehighton Recreation Center; Castle Grill; White Haven Community Library; Carbon County Area Agency on Aging in Jim Thorpe; Jim Thorpe Market; Dimmick Memorial Library; PA CareerLink Carbon County; Kidder Township Building; Indian Mountain Lake Civic Association; Lansford Borough Building; Carbon County Area Agency on Aging in Weatherly; Lower Towamensing Township Building; Country Harvest Market; Palmerton Public Library; Carbon County Area Agency on Aging in Palmerton; Carbon County Area Agency on Aging in Nesquehoning; Lehigh Carbon Community College, Nesquehoning campus; Penn Forest Township Building; Summit Hill Borough Building; and Towamensing Township Building.
Additional census forms should be available at these sites and individual questions should be able to be answered.
For complete details on each of the assistance center, visit the 2010 Census Web site at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/bcqac-textview.php. Once on the page, type in your zip code for more details, including assistance center locations, hours of operation, and languages that are available.
There have also been telephone questionnaire assistance lines set up by the government for individuals who are unable to travel to an assistance center.
Numbers include: for English, 1-866-872-6868; Chinese, 1-866-935-2010; Korean, 1-866-955-2010; Russian, 1-866-965-2010; Spanish, 1-866-928-2010; Vietnamese, 1-866-945-2010; and Telephone Display Device for hearing impaired, 1-866-783-2010.
Last Thursday, the Carbon County Commissioners reminded residents to fill out and return the census forms.
"It's important that the people send in those forms to get a good census count and also because of the effect it has on the municipalities and on the county," Commissioner Wayne Nothstein said at that meeting. "It's extremely important that we get a good count."
He also explained that without a proper count through the census, municipalities and counties can miss out on thousands of dollars in state and federal funding.
The 2010 census is a 10-question form that asks residents about the individuals in the household, including their age, sex, race, and if the home they reside in is owned or rented.
The participation rate to date for Carbon County is 63 percent.
For more information on the 2010 census, visit http://2010.census.gov.