BIG SPRING - It was about a two year process, but the local census 2010 committee has wrapped things up as the counting process comes to a conclusion and the wait for the numbers begins.
Local resident Jan Hansen directly led the 23 "complete count" committee volunteers who have helped get the word out and educate the public before and during the census. Howard County Judge Mark Barr recently thanked Hansen and the other volunteers for their efforts.
KBYG Radio spoke with Charlene McBride, census partnership specialist for the census offices based in midland. She says the local response rate to the census from area residents has been pretty good, 70 percent for Howard County and 69 percent for Big Spring, which is as good if not slightly better than the national average.
The numbers will soon be "crunched" and first become available as they are presented to President Obama December 31st. Then the numbers will begin to become available to the individual states in January. McBride says counties will begin seeing census figures for redistricting purposes in February 2011, and those numbers will first go to county judges, says McBride.
Everything from grant applications to who represents our area in state and national government will be affected by these latest census numbers for the next 10 years until the next national census takes place.