Jacksonville Could Take Big Hit In Census Count

Jacksonville is trying not to lose 10,000 in population when the 2010 Census figures come out.

That's because Marines who are currently deployed will be counted as part of the state population where they entered the Marine Corps, and not in Jacksonville, even if they entered the Corps there .

The Marine Corps unit in charge of all East Coast Installations says that's the way they interpret census regulations.

The population for Jacksonville stands at 81,000 and the change in military reporting could mean a loss of more than 12% of the city's population. If that happens the city could take a big hit when it comes to tax dollars that are distributed on a population criteria.

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  • by JT Location: Jacksonville on Jan 12, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    This is why it is vitally important that all the citizens of Jacksonville fill out their census forms and send them in. Jacksonville & Onslow County could stand to lose millions of dollars in State and Federal aid if the count is lower than it should be. There is no privacy issues with the Census. Even if you aren't a declared citizen of the US or NC but live in Jacksonville you must fill one out. For more info see www.census2010.gov and read "Why It's Important"

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