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Fayetteville Area Counts in Census Rehearsal

Posted September 25, 2007 11:44 a.m. EDT
Updated September 25, 2007 12:37 p.m. EDT

— The Fayetteville area is one of two locations nationwide that will participate in a 2008 "dress rehearsal" for the 2010 census. Stockton, Calif., is the other.

The census, which the Constitution requires be taken every 10 years, is used to determine congressional and state legislative districts, the distribution of federal funds and population trends. It also helps in understanding the labor supply and consumer needs.

Several counties in the Fayetteville region will take part in the rehearsal. The county has organized a Complete Count Committee to assist in making all citizens aware of the importance of responding to the census survey.

“The dress rehearsal will allow the eight-county region around Fort Bragg to experiment with technology and new counting techniques that will ensure an accurate count," Moore County Planning Director Andrea Surratt said in a statement. “The dress rehearsal will also give each county the opportunity to ensure a complete canvass of all persons.”