2010 Census Road Bus Tour Visits Lake Charles

The following is a news release from the US Census Bureau.

LAKE CHARLES, LA - The 2010 Census awareness campaign launches in Lake Charles on Tuesday, Jan. 26, when the U.S. Census Bureau's Regional Road Bus Tour and its vehicle, the "Take 10," comes to the Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services.

The "Take 10" vehicle will showcase its rolling civics lesson at the SWLA Health Center, 2000 Opelousas St., at 8 a.m. The public is encouraged to visit the Take 10 van and view the 2010 Census questionnaire and learn the importance of the Census through the vehicle's numerous displays and interactive features. Its name comes from the 10 minutes expected to fill out this year's questionnaire.

Census Bureau staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the importance, simplicity and safety of the 2010 Census. The van is one of 13 Census vehicles traveling the country to educate people about the upcoming 2010 Census and its importance to the community.

April 1, 2010, is Census Day, the day every U.S. resident will be counted, a mandate in Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. Census data is used for the apportionment of U.S. Congressional seats and for distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds to states and communities annually.

The 2010 Census questionnaire will be the shortest in history. It will include 10 questions, take about 10 minutes to complete and will affect life in your community for the next 10 years.

The Census Bureau is now recruiting temporary workers to manage this year's count with pay running from $8 to $24 an hour. Those who wish to schedule a basic skills test to qualify for positions should call (866) 861-2010.

The Dallas Regional Census Center oversees operations in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Take 10 vehicle will visit communities in all three states from January through April.