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U.S. Census Releases Details On Race

HARTFORD — The Census Bureau on Thursday released new detailed estimates about the social, economic and housing characteristics of hundreds of race, tribal, Hispanic and ancestry groups at numerous geographic levels.

This is the first time this level of statistical detail has been available for groups since the 2000 Census.

The new products, based on the 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS), are generally comparable to estimates generated from the 2000 Census “long form.”

Estimates are available for groups that meet a size threshold and for geographic areas that meet a completed survey response threshold. Up to 300 tables are included on topics such as educational attainment, fertility, nativity, citizenship, income, poverty and homeownership.

For more information, visit, www.census.gov.

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Hartford’s White Population Growth Outpaces Black and Latino Growth

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Hartford’s white population growth outpaced the Black and Latino population growth in the last decade, according to the 2010 Census figures.

The city’s white residents rate of increase was by 10 percent, or by 3,500, making the total white population 37, 205, according to data from the Census Bureau.

The Hispanic population rate of increase was by 9 percent. But the city saw the most increase in the number of Latinos, by 4,925 residents. The total Latino population was 54,184.

The black population increased by 4 percent, or by 2,067. The number of black residents in the city in 2010 was 48, 331.

Notwithstanding the Census 2010 undercount of communities of color, and its over count of the white population, it’s evident that more whites are moving into Hartford than black and Latino.  And blacks are moving out.

The increase in the white population should not be a surprise, said Hartford City Council President rJo Winch.

“That’s s not an accident. It’s being done purposely. As they build condos and stuff downtown, who is moving in there?”

Winch added: “They’re steering people to take those section 8 vouchers and to move to Manchester, East Hartford and other surrounding towns outside of Hartford.”

Winch refused to say who “they” refers to. But like other observers, Winch is aware of this national trend in some cities. In Connecticut, however, the trend is not in all of its cities.

Overall, the state’s white population declined to 78 percent, or to 2.8 million.

In the last decade, Connecticut’s total population count increased by 3.6 million people. (click on map)

The data also show that most populous cities are Bridgeport, 144,229; New Haven, 129,779; Hartford, 124,775; Stamford, 122,643; and Waterbury, 110,366.

Bridgeport grew by 3.4 percent since the 2000 Census. New Haven grew by 5 percent, Hartford grew by 2.6 percent, Stamford grew by 4.7 percent, and Waterbury grew by 2.9 percent.

White population in Bridgeport, New Haven and Stamford declined by 2 percent. In Waterbury, the white population declined by 7 percent. In all the cities, except Stamford, the black population declined by 7 percent.

Experts point to several factors that contributed to the emerging ethnic demographics of some inner-city neighborhoods. The most common is gentrification. Gentrification in popular dictum is when whites buy up homes, apartments and lofts at low rates in urban neighborhoods.

Hartford’s housing history over the last decade has experienced similar changes. Moreover, its demographic shift is part of a national trend.

A 2008 study by researchers at three universities (University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Pittsburgh and Duke) compared census data from more than 15,000 neighborhoods across the United States in 1990 and 2000. They found that some low- and many middle-income blacks moved from inner-city neighborhoods in significant numbers. The study also showed that more college-educated whites were moving to these neighborhoods.

According to Michael Wilson, a longtime resident in Hartford, there are other factors leading to these shifts. Wilson works in construction in the Greater Hartford area. he said he noticed that whites have been moving downtown and to the outer areas of the city, especially on the Wethersfield’s line.

“Downtown is brand new, mostly whites moving down there,” he said. “Whites are moving into the city, and black people are moving out. Lots of blacks live in Manchester, East Hartford and Farmington.”

Also, there is a reverse migratory trend of African Americans, who during World War I and II migrated from the South, are now returning to the South.

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Hartford Census Return Rate Increases

HARTFORD — The city’s mail back return rate with the 2010 Census has improved over the last count, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Hartford improved its mail back participation rate to 59 percent, 4 percent higher from the 2000 Census.  Mayor Pedro E. Segarra yesterday thanked the Complete Count Committee for its intense grass roots community outreach in what are called “hard-to-count” areas.

“It is an important achievement that Hartford reversed the trend of declining participation.  Having the most accurate count possible reflects on Hartford’s representation on the federal level including federal funding for important projects that affect the quality of our everyday lives for our families, especially those who are most vulnerable,” Segarra said.

The City of Hartford was presented with a plaque in honor of being one of the most active partners in the Census process.  This distinction was based on the number of community census events hosted (examples:  conversations at barber and beauty shops and the March to the Mailbox campaign), providing training space for Census employees and volunteers, and linking the 2010 Census to websites.

In a thank you letter to the City, Kathleen Ludgate, Regional Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Boston Region states, “Your commitment to motivate the public to complete and return the census form will have a lasting impact.”

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Census Workers To Begin Visiting Homes May 1

HARTFORD — Gov. M. Jodi Rell today issued reminders to residents about representatives from  U.S. Census who will begin visiting homes and apartments on May 1.

Census workers are expected to visit homes of those who did not mail back  thier 2010 Census forms.

Reponses to the form is required by law and it is essential that Connecticut is accurately counted. ” Billions of dollars in federal aid is tied to our population,”  Rell said. “Unfortunately, this door-to-door canvassing presents a prime opportunity for scam artists to try and steal identities or gain access to homes.

Official Census workers will have IDs and are not permitted to enter a home nor ask for confidential data, such as Social Security Number or bank accounts.

If a census taker visits you, here are some guidelines:

  • First ask to see their ID. All census workers carry official government badges marked with just their name; they may also have a “U.S. Census Bureau” bag
  • Note that the census taker will never ask to enter your home
  • If you are still not certain about their identity, please call the Boston Regional Census Centers to confirm they are employed by the Census Bureau at 617-223-3700.
  • Answer the census form questions for your entire household. You must be at least 15 years old to answer questions.

Every household in America received a short, 10-question form this year. Among the basic questions asked were gender, age, ethnic background and whether the respondent rent or owned his or her home.

For residents who speak a language other than English, Census takers will show the resident a card containing a sentence about the 2010 Census written in approximately 50 languages. The Census worker will show the card to the resident to determine his or her specific language and then will assign a Census worker who speaks that language.

Residents can also provide data by phone at: 1-866-872-6868.

More information on the U.S. Census in Connecticut: www.ct.gov/census2010

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March in Hartford to Increase Census Form Return Rate

HARTFORD — As of March 31, only 32 percent of city residents responded to the Census. US Census officials are hoping to push that figure to 70 percent in the next two weeks.

To aid this effort, Census officials have targeted eight areas of the city with particularly low response rates. On Saturday, April 10, “March to the Mailbox Day,” a variety of activities will be held in these neighborhoods to encourage participation in the Census.

Among the activities planned for “March to the Mailbox Day” are:

Adult and Youth Basketball Tournaments where the importance of the Census will be discussed.

Enlisting neighborhood “Ambassadors,” such as Barber Shop Owners and Nail Salon Owners, to encourage their customers to complete the Census Questionnaire.

Distributing 18,000 flyers.

Directing residents to the closest Questionnaire Assistance Center where help can be provided in 60 different languages in a confidential setting.

Strategically locate “Be Counted” Boxes (that contain replacement Census Questionnaires) at some shops and events.

Distribute 800 lawn signs, 1800 hats and T-shirts to participants.

The eight neighborhoods in Hartford being targeted for “March to the Mailbox Day” are the areas around: Edwards, Williams and Chestnut Streets; Pliny, Mather and Bedford Streets; Lincoln, Vernon and Madison Streets; Willard, Huntington Streets and Asylum Avenue; Earle, Risley and Naugatuck Streets; Nelson, Martin and Judson Streets; Greenfield, Deerfield and Lenox Streets; and Cabot, Edgewood and Burton Streets.


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U.S. Census Bureau Looking For Workers

Local Census Manager Looking for Over 5,000 Qualified Job Applicants

HARTFORD — Rumors that the federal government will employ a small army to conduct the Census are false – they will employ a large army.

“About 2.5 million people by April, about the same as the number of active duty personnel with the U.S. Army. Maybe more,” said Russel Hicks, Manager of the Local Census Office in Downtown Hartford.

When the Census is in full swing this spring, Hicks said  his office will have approximately 1,500 people working in Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford and Manchester. The bulk of that workforce, about 1,400, will be Field Enumerators who go door-to-door gathering Census information from people who did not mail in their 2010 Census questionnaire. Field Enumerators make $19.75 per hour.

To make sure his office is never short on manpower, Hicks is currently trying to build  up a pool of approximately 5,600 qualified applicants and there’s still plenty of openings.

“We need that many applicants because the attrition rate [people who leave the job before its completed] is so high, about 75 percent on average and even higher in Hartford,” said Hicks.

To work for the U.S. Census Bureau, an applicant must first pass a test (see list of local testing sites at the end of this article) and then a criminal record check. The second step is where Hicks said he is having the most difficulty. Over 800 applications out of approximately 2,375 received by his office are being held up because of the criminal record check.

“The record check is absolutely necessary. We have to do everything we can to ensure the safety of the public,” said Hicks.

If a felony arrest or other irregularity shows up on a person’s record, their application is put on hold and they are sent a letter asking them to clarify or correct the information. For instance, if a person was arrested but the charges were dropped, that person can still be hired by the Census provided they supply the necessary court documentation. Hicks also said that if a person who has committed a felony but has served his or her time, including parole and probation, that person may still be hired after a review of their particular situation.

Hicks thinks many people who get the letter asking them for clarification either don’t open it or decide it’s not worth responding.

Testing for a job with the U.S. Census has been going on for several weeks at sites throughout the city and will continue through April. Although the test can be given in 59 different languages, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English to be hired.

Those hired by the Census as door-to-door enumerators will work from between 20 – 40 hours per week.  Hicks said the goal is to have people work as close to their homes as possible but must also be willing to go wherever they are assigned.

For more information on U.S. Census jobs, call 1-866-861-2010 or go to the website: www.2010censusjobs.gov.

By Andy Hart

About the Census

The U.S. Census has been taken every 10 years since 1790. All residents of the United States, citizens as well as non-citizens, are counted. The Census is designed to be a complete count of every person, regardless of citizenship status, residing in the United States on April 1, 2010.

According to U.S. Census Bureau officials, only 46 percent of city residents responded by mail to the last census. Hicks said that Hartford’s response rate was significantly lower than both Connecticut’s overall response rate of about 63 percent and the national average of approximately 61 percent.

Persons who don’t respond by mail are then contacted by U.S. Census workers who go door-to-door with the census questionnaires, said Hicks. Even then, some people can’t be found or refuse to give information to the census takers.  A formula is then used to estimate the number of people who were not counted for one reason or another, said Hicks.

To increase response, the census form has been reduced to only 10 questions this year.

By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share the information it obtains on individuals with any other government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Immigration and Naturalization. Census information is even exempt from the Patriot Act.

Hartford U.S. Census Employment Testing Sites

For more information, call 1-866-861-2010 or go to the website: www.2010censusjobs.gov.

Asylum Hill Cong. Church, 814 Asylum Ave. 10:00 amFeb. 2, 9, 16, 23

Addiction Recovery Ctr., 198 Wethersfield Ave. 4:00 pm, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22

Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Ave. 1:00 pm, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

March 6, 13, 20, 27  5:00 pm Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25

Campfield Library, 30 Campfield Ave. 1:00 pm Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

March 6, 13, 20 27   5:00 pm Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25.

Park Street Library, 744 Park St.9:30 am Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24.

Library, Main Branch, 500 Main St. 10:30 am Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27

Mary Shepherd Place, 15 Pavilion St. 10:30 am Feb. 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17,19, 22, 24, 26; March 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17,19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31.

Our Lady of Sorrows, 79 New Park Ave. 9:30 a, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 2:30 pm Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Pope Park Center, 30 Pope Park Dr. 12 noon,Feb. 4, 9, 13, 16, 18, 27; March 4, 6, 11, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30.

Rawson School, 260 Holcomb St. 4:30 pm  Feb. 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19,22, 24, 26;

March 1,3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17,19, 22, 24, 26.

Redeemed Church of God, 400 Park St. 5:00 pm, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26

St. Lawrence Church, 494 New Britain Ave.            1:00 pm            Feb.1

Ukrainian Home, 961 Wethersfield Ave.   6:00 pm            Feb. 3

Urban League, 140 Woodland St. 5:30 pm Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

West End Comm. Center, 461 Farmington Ave. 5:30 pm; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


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City Kicks Off Census 2010 Count Campaign

HARTFORD — In order to make sure Hartford has a stronger voice in the 2010 U.S. Census, Mayor Eddie A. Perez today announced the formation of the Complete Count Committee — a group of volunteers who will play a vital role in achieving accuracy in Hartford’s census count as well increase the amount of residents who complete an mail back the Census questionnaire that’s due to come out in March 2010.

 “Our goal is to increase our response rate.  With the trusted community voices that we have on this committee, I am sure that we can do it.  I want to commend the members for their commitment to making sure all of Hartford’s diverse voices are counted,” Perez said.

Hartford’s CCC members are Perez, Lillian I. Ruiz, Chair, Elda Sinani, Vice-Chair, Alexander Nardone,  Cornell Lewis, Andy Hart , Ashley Rogers, Bethany Silver, Councilwomen rJo Winch and Veronica Airey-Wilson, Cheryl Zeiner, David Medina, Eloy Toppin, Eric L. Jackson, Evelyn Mantilla, Glendowlyn L. Hall, Homa Naficy , Janet C. Wallans, Kerry E. Martin, Miguel Matos, Maritza Agosto, Marilyn Rossetti, Marta Bentham , Dr. Felix Gonzalez, Richard Freider, Roger J. O’Brien, Sharon Narcisse, Tony Bernardo, Yasha Escalera, Yolanda Rivera and Regina Dyton.

At today’s news conference, speakers emphasized that the Census process is safe, confidential, easy, and important.  All information is protected by law which means it cannot be shared with any other government agency.  The goal is to diversify and reach out to traditionally underrepresented portions of the population including recent immigrants, non-English speaking residents, religious groups and people living in higher crime areas.

The form is only 10 questions, but the answers affect federal funding and Congressional representation for the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut.  Approximately $300 billion dollars in federal funding is distributed to communities each year in regards to education, food assistance, public transportation, programs for seniors, and road repair.

The theme for the 2010 Census (which is mandated by the U.S. Constitution) is “It’s in Our Hands.”

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