The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States and is required by the U.S. Constitution to take place every 10 years. The Ard­more Chamber of Commerce is par­ticipating in the Census Bureau’s partnership program to complete an accurate 2010 Census. The partner­ship will provide residents with in­formation both at the Chamber, 410 W. Main St., and on its Web site at www.ardmore.org.


The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States and is required by the U.S. Constitution to take place every 10 years. The Ard­more Chamber of Commerce is par­ticipating in the Census Bureau’s partnership program to complete an accurate 2010 Census. The partner­ship will provide residents with in­formation both at the Chamber, 410 W. Main St., and on its Web site at www.ardmore.org.

In addition, the Chamber will serve as a location for the “Be Count­ed Program,” providing a means for people to be included in the 2010 Census if they did not receive a cen­sus questionnaire or believe they were excluded from a questionnaire completed by their household. The “Be Counted Program” will run from March 10 through April 10.

Mita Bates, Vice President of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, said that with just 10 questions, the census questionnaire will take the average household approximately 10 minutes to complete.

“Accurate data is crucial to Ar­dmore and southern Oklahoma,” Bates said. “Census information af­fects the number of seats Oklahoma occupies in the U.S. House of Repre­sentatives. It is easy to see what an accurate count of residents can do for your community, such as better infrastructure and more services. The result is a brighter tomorrow for everyone.

“The information the census col­lects helps to determine how more than $400 billion of federal fund­ing each year is spent. People from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, rescue di­saster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more.”

Those with questions may contact the Chamber at (580)223-7765 or visit www.census.gov/2010census.

“ Accurate data is crucial to Ardmore and southern Oklahoma.”

— Mita Bates

Vice President, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce