Monday, January 25, 2010

Census 2010: A Snapshot

WHAT: The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States.
WHO: All U.S. residents must be counted - people of all races and ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens.
WHEN: Census Day is April 1, 2010. Questionnaire responses should represent the household as it exists on this day. More detailed socioeconomic information will be collected annually from a small percentage of the population through American Community Survey.
WHY: The Constitution requires a national census every 10 years. The census will show state population counts and determine the representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
HOW: Questionnaires will start to arrive at each household in February and March. As soon as you receive yours, answer and send it back. Many households will receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census workers also will visit households that do not return questionnaires.

With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census questionnaire is one of the shortest questionnaires in the history and takes just 10 minutes to complete.

By the law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual's census questionnaire with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.

Please, be included.