2010 census gears up in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times, 4/21/2009

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Thousands of government workers are canvassing neighborhoods and verifying addresses in Los Angeles and across the nation, marking the beginning of the once-in-a-decade statistical portrait of America: the U.S. census.

“Los Angeles is a pretty complicated place to do a census,” said James Christy, director of the Los Angeles regional census center. “It’s a tougher place to get a good count.”

Though the population count won’t begin until next year, census workers began identifying 145 million addresses earlier this month. For the first time, workers are using GPS technology that enables them to pinpoint exact locations, which the government says will ensure that people are counted in the right location and improve the accuracy of the census.

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