Census Update

Oklahoma City, OK – Minorities urged to be counted in census

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Multicultural groups are urging Oklahoma minorities to be counted in the 2010 census.

Spokespersons for various minority and ethnic groups joined officials from the U.S. Census Bureau on Friday in urging minorities to participate in the nationwide head count that's conducted every 10 years. It will kick off on April 1.

Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan says officials believe part of the state's minority population was not counted 10 years ago. The state lost one of its six congressional seats because the 2000 census indicated Oklahoma was not growing as fast as other states.

David Castillo, a member of the Oklahoma City School Board, says the census is crucial in determining how much federal money the state gets for education and other services.

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