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Port Arthur Census 2020

Port Arthur 2020: All In! One City! One Count!        

Hết Vào! Một Thành Phố! Một Đếm!   

 ¡Todos listos! ¡Una ciudad! ¡Un Conde!

Census Day: April 1, 2020

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February 24 through March 9, 2020

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Community Meetings Planned for All Districts

The City Manager has planned Community Outreach Meetings for all citizens during the month of March. These Community Conversations are for citizens to gain valuable insight into City business and planned projects, as well as voice any concerns and ask questions to city leaders. The first of these meetings will be held in District 1, at the Westside Development Center on March 5, 2020. The meetings will begin at 5:30 PM in each district.

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  1. Construction: City Hall Parking Lot Closure

    A new generator will be installed at the current generator site at the west side of the courtyard between the north and south parking lots beginning Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Read on...
  2. Construction Update: Motiva Project Street Closure-Phase 2

    The Motiva "Imagine Port Arthur" Project is well underway and the City is excited about the revitalization and development in our downtown area! The project has moved into the second phase of repairs, as well as the extended the street closure. Read on...
  3. Public Service Announcement: Additional Flu Shots Available

    The City of Port Arthur Health Department has received an additional 50 doses of influenza vaccines due to the large amount of flu cases being reported. Read on...
  4. PA Health Department Provides Facts on 2019 Novel Coronavirus

    The Health Department has issued some facts about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus from Texas State Heath officials. Read on...
  5. PRESS RELEASE: The Port Arthur Health Department Introduces the W.O.W. Mobile

    The Health Department is introducing the City of Port Arthur W.O.W. Mobile! It is WIC on Wheels, and available to provide WIC services in a mobile way, starting February 2020. Read on...
  6. Calling All Bidders! Online Auction Starting Soon

    The Port Arthur Purchasing Division is placing equipment, vehicles, and furniture in an online auction beginning February 24, 2020. Read on...
  7. Port Arthur Census 2020: All In! One City! One Count! Updates and Articles

    The 2020 Census Count for the City of Port Arthur has formed strong partnerships to make the stand and count every citizen in Port Arthur. Read on...
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College Students ImageCensus 2020: Planning for Your Response--College Students Count

College Towns Depend on Accurate Count of Students Living in Area

A freshman living on campus in student housing. A junior varsity athlete sharing an off-campus house with teammates. A senior living solo in an off-campus apartment. Even though many residents of a typical American college town might move away after they graduate, they have to be counted while they live there. College towns across the country depend on students’ responses to the census. The reason: Census results help determine how much federal funding communities will receive over the next 10 years.

A complete and accurate count in 2020 is so important that the U.S. Census Bureau is hiring an estimated 500,000 temporary employees to ensure everyone is counted. “I have the recruiting staff go to the student unions at least once a week (if the schools allow them to) and set up a recruiting table,’’ said Marquette Youngblood, recruiting coordinator in the Dallas Regional Census Center.

Recruiters also go to other high-traffic areas “like the school gym to recruit students on campus while they are grabbing lunch or taking a break during the day to work out,” he said. Students in college towns use critical local resources, including roads, public transportation and health clinics. Getting funds for those resources, however, depends on making sure students are counted in the right place each census. And in most instances, if they’re not living at their parents’ home, chances are the right place is in the town where they attend school. Basically, a student’s “home” is where they currently live while attending college.

Where Is ‘Home’ for College Students?

When responding to the 2020 Census, college students should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time as of April 1, 2020. For most students, that means in their college town, not back home with their parents. Parents or guardians should only include children in college who live with them full time during the school year. They should not list college students studying or living abroad on April 1. It will be easier than ever for college students and other internet users to respond to the 2020 Census. For the first time, most people can respond online. They can also respond by phone or by mail, if they prefer. Up to five invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be mailed to all addresses beginning in mid-March. Residents of apartments or houses will receive information multiple times about the different ways to respond to the census.

Students Living in Private Off-Campus Housing

Students who live in off-campus housing that is not designed specifically for students – such as a rental apartment or house – need to respond to the census themselves. They should not count on their landlord to fill out a 2020 Census questionnaire. Residents of every housing unit should work together to fill out one questionnaire per household. They should include all roommates (nonstudents, too) who live and sleep in the home most of the time. The census will ask a few questions about each resident, such as age on Census Day (April 1, 2020), sex and date of birth.

Residents of Housing Designed for Students

Students who live in campus dormitories and residence halls, university-recognized sorority and fraternity houses, or off-campus housing designed specifically for students (such as a privately-owned apartment complex with individual student leases or a university-owned apartment complex for students and their families) will be counted as part of the 2020 Census Group Quarters Enumeration operation.College students looking to get involved in 2020 can also apply online for part-time census jobs, which range in pay from $13 to $30 an hour. These jobs are a great opportunity for students to earn extra income while completing their studies—and to help ensure their college town is counted in 2020.

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  1. Casting


    Every Fisherman Needs Bait



    Use a cast net to catch live mullet, mud minnows and baby croakers for your next adventure on the water. The Port Arthur area is well known for great fishing year round.