We were talking in the office the other day about the reaction some employees’ spouses had to receiving their census forms. While some people think it’s ‘the man’s’ attempt at keeping them down, or none of the government’s business who lives in their home, we at SRTC support the census and would like to point out that it’s been happening in the U.S. since 1790. One thing to keep in mind is that actual records aren’t released for 72 years after a census is taken, for privacy reasons. Now, the most recent year available is 1930.
So, again, we ask that you fill out your census form because it helps us to determine transportation needs; if there are more roads needed in certain areas, a need for non-motorized transportation improvments, or even transit needs to be addressed.
Our GIS department deals in-depth with census information everyday. Our GIS guy Kevin even attended the ‘Census Roadshow’ at the STA Plaza earlier this week. He got a headband there he’s promised to wear to work one day, so I’ll provide pictures when I can. In the meantime, he provided me this link in case you want to buy a VW van and follow the roadshow.
Kevin also suggested this map that shows the rate of return on census forms, broken up by state and city. So far, Montana is in the lead, of all states. So come on Washingtonians, start filling out those forms. We can do better than that.