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December 26, 2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is mailing the 2012 Census of Agriculture to Maryland farmers, and the Maryland Department of Agriculture urges all Maryland farmers to complete the Census by the Feb. 4 deadline. The Census can be taken online or mailed in. For the first time, the 2012 Census contains questions asking for the number of acres under conservation tillage practices, acres planted to cover crops and acres under conservation easements. This information will be critical in documenting the work farmers are doing collectively to be good stewards of the environment.
NEWS
April 8, 2010
The Washington County Census Rally "March to the Mailbox" is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Hagerstown City Farmers Market, 25 W. Church St. The rally is to encourage the community to fill out and mail census forms. For more information, call Sharon Disque or Andy Smith at 301-393-9290.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 11, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com The number of people commuting into Washington County for jobs grew more in the last decade than the number of people commuting out of the county, according to newly released U.S. Census data. In 1990, 13,845 people commuted into Washington County to work and 13,550 commuted out, for a difference of 295. In 2000, the difference jumped to 4,073. Figures from the 2000 Census show that 20,451 people commuted in to work in Washington County, while 16,378 people commuted out of the county.
NEWS
January 4, 2012
The national point-in-time homeless count in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will take place in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties from 4 p.m. Jan. 24 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25. The local count is sponsored by the Housing Work Group of the Health and Human Service Collaborative. Data collected are used to secure federal funding to prevent homelessness and to assist those in need, according to a news release from the organization. Volunteers are needed to work a two- or four-hour shift to assist homeless people to complete the survey.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | June 2, 2002
laurae@herald-mail.com Household income in Washington County grew last decade at a slower pace than in any other county in the Tri-State area, according to recently released U.S. Census figures. But the median amount of money earned, $40,617, was still higher than most. The long form of the 2000 census asked approximately one in six households to list their income from the previous year and other information about themselves. Median household income reflects the average income.
NEWS
November 19, 1997
City's population declines By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer Hagerstown had 34,633 residents in 1996, an estimated 673 fewer than in 1990, according to statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Believe it or not. Some Hagerstown officials are choosing not to believe it. "I don't believe those numbers. I think there is an actual increase in the population," said Planning Director Ric Kautz. That could be true, said Greg Harper, a statistician with the census bureau's population estimate branch.
NEWS
By JOSHUA BOWMAN | March 21, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- People are moving to Washington County. And they're staying here. Washington County's internal migration, which compares the number of people who move here to the number of people who move away, was higher than any other jurisdiction in Maryland in 2007, according to Census estimates to be released today. About 1,000 more people moved to Washington County in 2007 from other parts of the state or country than moved out of the county, according to the data.
NEWS
May 5, 2000
A world of enumeration To the editor: To Kenneth Prewitt, Director, U.S. Census: I just completed my Census 2000 booklet. As an American I enjoy many freedoms and privileges. I understand that with these benefits also come certain responsibilities. We are not asked to do much as citizens of this country: serve on a jury, vote, obey the laws, participate in government, and participate in the census. Therefore, I would feel foolish if I didn't complete my census booklet and return it to you. I would feel as if I had let my fellow countrymen down.
NEWS
by DON AINES | January 27, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Probing the darkness with a flashlight, William Florig peered along its beam down a steep bank, looking to see if anyone was sleeping along the stream below. "It's almost like trying to find a needle in a haystack," Florig said after the first 90 minutes of a three-hour search for unsheltered homeless in Chambersburg's West Side. He and Bill Ciccarelli drove slowly through alleys and streets, stopping occasionally to get out and walk around, but they had spotted no one up to that point.
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BUSINESS
September 8, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau is offering a free webinar titled “Using Census Bureau Data for Marketing Research: A Primer for Small Business” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The free webinar provides basic tips for accessing Census Bureau data that small businesses can use to conduct market research. This information provides insight into how communities, local governments and businesses can invest, provide effective services and plan for future growth opportunities.  With American Community Survey data, stakeholders and decision makers better understand where their communities might need new hospitals, infrastructure improvements or take other actions to continue improving the quality of life in towns and cities.  Small businesses interested in attending the webinar should register at https://census.webex.com/census to reserve a seat.
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NEWS
December 26, 2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is mailing the 2012 Census of Agriculture to Maryland farmers, and the Maryland Department of Agriculture urges all Maryland farmers to complete the Census by the Feb. 4 deadline. The Census can be taken online or mailed in. For the first time, the 2012 Census contains questions asking for the number of acres under conservation tillage practices, acres planted to cover crops and acres under conservation easements. This information will be critical in documenting the work farmers are doing collectively to be good stewards of the environment.
NEWS
June 29, 2012
(AP) - The U.S. Census Bureau said Morgantown grew faster than any other West Virginia city with more than 5,000 people from April 2010 and July 2011. The home of West Virginia University grew by 2.1 percent, putting its population at 30,293. Demographers said Morgantown could overtake Parkersburg as the state's No. 3 city if its population growth continues at the same pace over the next several years. In the state's Eastern Panhandle, Martinsburg and Charles Town each grew by 1.5 percent in the same period.
NEWS
January 4, 2012
The national point-in-time homeless count in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will take place in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties from 4 p.m. Jan. 24 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25. The local count is sponsored by the Housing Work Group of the Health and Human Service Collaborative. Data collected are used to secure federal funding to prevent homelessness and to assist those in need, according to a news release from the organization. Volunteers are needed to work a two- or four-hour shift to assist homeless people to complete the survey.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 23, 2011
Census 2010 figures released Wednesday appear to validate predicted gains in representation in the State Legislature, but whether that translates into added clout remains to be seen. "It all depends on who we send down there," said Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson. After state lawmakers' districts are redrawn later this year, Doyle expects two additional seats to be created among the three Eastern Panhandle counties and neighboring Hampshire County. Based on the 2010 Census' statewide population of 1,852,994, the "ideal" number of residents for each senator is 54,500 or 109,000 in each district, and 18,530 for each of the 100 delegates in the House.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 23, 2011
Berkeley County was the fastest growing county in West Virginia in the last decade, topping 104,000 people, according to 2010 census data released Wednesday. A gain of 28,264 people — which amounted to a 37.2 percent increase in 10 years — is "the kind of growth that changes the dynamic of a community," said Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley/Jefferson. In making the leap from 75,905 to 104,169 people, Berkeley County became the state's second most populated county — up from sixth.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | March 5, 2011
When Diana Reyes was attending North Hagerstown and Williamsport high schools during the late 1990s, there were not many other Hispanic students to be found. In the late 2000s, when her twin brothers attended Williamsport High and then entered Hagerstown Community College, the schools' populations were much more diverse, said Reyes, 29, of Hagerstown. "Now I see how my brothers have a lot more friends, and the Hispanic population is growing," said Reyes, who is president of the Hispanic Association of Hagerstown.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 12, 2011
Census data, including population figures, are important for cities, counties and states to get federal funding, local government officials say. It also turns out they could be critical for getting state funding when it comes to unincorporated areas such as Downsville, Chewsville and Maugansville. Back in the 1990s, state officials pushed an effort for counties to designate "priority funding areas," said Michael Thompson, Washington County's director of planning and community development.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 9, 2011
Washington County grew 11.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, but was only the 10th fastest-growing county in Maryland, according to population figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Washington County had 147,430 residents in 2010, compared with 131,923 in 2000, according to census data. Hagerstown grew 8.1 percent, remaining the sixth-largest city in Maryland, with 39,662 residents, according to a census chart of the most populous counties and cities. The Hub City's 2000 population was 36,687.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | February 2, 2011
The 2010 census is expected to be worth about $100,000 in additional state funding for Berkeley County's public libraries, but the system's executive director told Berkeley County Council members Wednesday the additional money may not arrive for another fiscal year. "I'm hoping that it kicks in fiscal year 2012, which of course will start this coming July, but the rumors I'm hearing are that it may not start until 2013," Pamela Coyle said in a budget presentation to council. The reason being given is that there is not enough time to review the new census data to make changes to the population-based funding allocations across the state, Coyle said.
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