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July 5, 2015

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By the numbers: Have you filled out your census form?

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Today is “National Census Day” — not exactly a national holiday but a point of reference for filling out 2010 Census forms mailed out in March. As of Wednesday, slightly more than half the questionnaires sent to occupied addresses had been returned. The decennial head count determines how billions of federal dollars are distributed among the states, as well as how many U.S. representatives each state has. Nevada is expected to gain a fourth seat in Congress as a result (it added a third in 2000) because of this decade’s dramatic population growth, even though it has tapered off in the wake of the Great Recession.

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