CITY GOT UP FOR THE COUNT OFFICIALS PRAISE CENSUS RESPONSE.Byline: Heather MacDonald Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - Seventy-six percent of Santa Clarita residents mailed in responses to the U.S. Census, which could result in more federal money for the city, officials said Tuesday.
``The city went all out,'' said city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz. ``We're thrilled thrill
v. thrilled, thrill·ing, thrills
1. To cause to feel a sudden intense sensation; excite greatly.
2. To give great pleasure to; delight. See Synonyms at enrapture. that it was effective.''
The city spent $63,000 in its attempt to remind people to mail in the forms this spring, targeting new home developments and traditionally underrepresented un·der·rep·re·sent·ed
Insufficiently or inadequately represented: the underrepresented minority groups, ignored by the government. areas of the city such as Newhall, Ortiz said.
Posters showed seniors, middle-income couples and Latino families all pledging to turn in their census forms.
``We were hoping for the high 80s, but we'll take 76 percent,'' Ortiz said.
Just 69 percent of Santa Clarita residents mailed in census responses in 1990.
``We were such a new city that whole neighborhoods were missed because they were not on the maps,'' Ortiz said. ``We worked with the planning department to make sure that didn't happen this time.''
Overall, California's response rate was 70 percent, compared with 65 percent in 1990.
The report released Tuesday only tabulated the number of long and short census forms that were mailed in March and April to 120 million households nationwide. The rest of the residents were counted by census takers Noun 1. census taker - someone who collects census data by visiting individual homes
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office , who made home visits or telephoned.
Two sets of data are being compiled this year. A basic head count will be used to reapportion re·ap·por·tion
tr.v. re·ap·por·tioned, re·ap·por·tion·ing, re·ap·por·tions
To distribute anew.
Verb 1. the 435 seats in the House of Representatives among the states. Another set of figures, tabulated with the use of statistical sampling to estimate the number and needs of people not reached by the mail campaign or census takers, will be used to allocate federal funds Federal Funds
Funds deposited to regional Federal Reserve Banks by commercial banks, including funds in excess of reserve requirements.
These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve .
``We really tried to show our residents how much money Santa Clarita gets per person counted in the census and how important that money is,'' Ortiz said. ``So much depends on it.''