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U.S. Census Bureau Will Put Valley on the Map

Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Census Bureau Will Put Valley on the Map
Bureau Agrees to Tabulate San Fernando Valley Data in 2006

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Census Bureau has agreed to a request by Congressman Brad Sherman to compile demographic data about the San Fernando Valley next year.

The Census Bureau had wanted to wait until the next decade to report on the Valley's population and economic data, but Sherman pressed the director to speed up the process.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky led the effort at the board of supervisors to have the Census Bureau issue a special report on the Valley.

"The Census Bureau has come to the long-overdue conclusion that the Valley has a distinct character and the director has informed me that by next summer the bureau will compile a special report on our region," Sherman said. "I commend Supervisor Yaroslavsky for his leadership and hard work."

In a letter to the congressman, Census Bureau Director Charles Louis Kincannon said a special report on the San Fernando Valley will be prepared in the summer of 2006. What the director said would be a "one-time special tabulation" will provide a treasure-trove of information that the Census Bureau calls the American Community Survey.

The survey of population, socio-economic and housing characteristics produces a report the bureau calls "the cornerstone of the government's effort to keep pace with the nation's changing population." The report supplements and updates the massive survey of the American population that the Census Bureau undertakes once every 10 years.

The information helps local governments, organizations and businesses make informed decisions about where to build roads, schools, and senior centers, for example. It also provides data that may be used to analyze business trends and help companies make smarter business decisions.

The report for the first time will compile population and economic information examining the entire Valley, which is made up of five cities - San Fernando, Burbank, Glendale, Calabasas and part of Los Angeles - and unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County.

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