KTRE goes door to door to find out where residents stand on their census forms

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)- Thursday is national "Census Day"-- the day the government is asking every household across America to return their census forms.

The official population count will affect how much money your town will get from federal programs. Thursday evening, we went door to door, to find out where residents stand in filling out their census forms.  One important question was asked: "Did you fill out your census form?"

"Yes, my wife filled it out," said Glenn Wells.

Residents living on Chestnut Street and Ginn Way say it was simple.

"Very easy," said one resident.

"It's a pretty easy process, just fill it out and mail it back. I just haven't done it yet," said Gloria Galindo.

They understand why it's necessary.

"It's very important to me because it's my kid's future that depends on it," explained Horace Caraway.

"It's important that we all get counted and you know, our county gets whatever we deserve to get to benefit the kids and schools and you know everything that we need here," said Galindo.

"I think it would be a help to everyone," said another neighbor.

Even last minute folks say they'll make sure to fill it out so they can count.

Caraway and his family are still settling in their new home, after moving from Nacogdoches.

"I have to get my mail from Nacogdoches and I'm going to make sure I fill it out so I can count," he said.

Busy schedules have the Galindo family waiting until the last minute.

"We have been busy this week with baseball, soccer, so we haven't had time but we will fill it out," said Galindo.

Even without free time to spare, the form takes roughly ten minutes to fill out. In some cases, it takes less.

As national census day comes to a close, residents feel good about being counted, so their community can receive the funding it deserves.

Thursday is not the deadline to send in your census, just the day the Census Bureau is encouraging you to mail it. The census says workers will follow up on those who don't, by knocking on doors, beginning in May.

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