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County Census participation lags
San Jacinto News- Times

COLDSPRING – 2010 Census participation rates in San Jacinto County are lagging behind state and national averages, while many area residents say they plan to participate but have not received a form. As of Tuesday, April 6, census offi cials show a 42 percent “participation” rate for San Jacinto County, compared to Texas rate of 54 percent and 60 percent for the U.S. as a whole. In neighboring Polk County the Census Bureau says participation rates as of April 6, are 45 percent, Liberty County 48 percent, Montgomery County 56 percent, Walker County 46 percent and Trinity County 40 percent. If you would like to go ahead and mark the census off your 2010 to do list, forms are available at the Shepherd Community Center, Shepherd Library and at the Coldspring Area Library. Census offi cials also plan to distribute Census forms at Wal- Mart in Livingston on Saturday, April 10. In San Jacinto County Census professionals are now in the Shepherd Community Center and Shepherd Library each weekday to assist anyone who has questions about their Census forms. They are at the Shepherd Community Center, located at 10251 Hwy. 150 next to the Shepherd Athletic Field on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. They are at the Shepherd Library, located at 30 N. Liberty, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For assistance on Saturday, they are at the Coldspring Area Library, located at 14221 Hwy. 150 West from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Texas stands to gain an additional four seats in the U.S. Congress if counters get suffi cient participation. Offi cials hope heightened attention will see responses surge. Results of the county will also determine new boundary lines for the Texas Senate and House of Representatives as well as the four commissioner’s precincts in San Jacinto County.


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