More census data, means more city money

    The Nutter Administration wants to make sure all Philadelphians are counted in the 2010 census. A Senate hearing on counting residents of urban America took place on Monday afternoon at the National Constitution Center.

    The Nutter Administration wants to make sure all Philadelphians are counted in the 2010 census. A Senate hearing on counting residents of urban America took place on Monday afternoon at the National Constitution Center.

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    When it comes to the census, money counts. Mayor Nutter testified that for every Philadelphian not counted, that means a loss of $2,263 dollars in government aid. He says 19,000 Philadelphians were not counted during the 2000 census.

    Managing Director Camille Barnett says the city has added 56,000 additional addresses to the Census master list. She says many are residences converted from commercial units because of the ten-year tax abatement.

    Barnett: These are the kinds of multi-unit non-traditional places that are under-counted. So because of our particular development pattern and economic strategies over the last decade or so, its particularly important that these new residential units be counted.

    Barnett says the city is also concerned about outreach to non-English speaking residents. The 2010 census kicks off next April 1st.

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