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It counts to be counted in Census

Every 10 years, since 1790, a count is made of all persons living in the United States. Mid-March is when everyone can expect to receive a 2010 Census questionnaire in the mail.

The form for the 2010 Census is one of the shortest in history and, with just 10 questions, should take only about 10 minutes to fill out. All of the information collected is protected under federal law and is used only for statistical purposes, such as determining how much state and federal funds will be used for community services, including schools and healthcare. So, it is important that everyone responds and that all people are counted. Answering the Census is required by law.

Who does the Census count? Because the Census counts everyone who lives in the U.S. at the place where they live and sleep most of the time, anyone who is away, such as those in the armed forces, college, jail, prison, or in a nursing home, will be counted where they currently live. If you or someone you know is living with friends, family, or neighbors, they will be counted at that home.

The person listed on the address should be the one to fill out the form. National Census Day is April 1. The Census counts everyone living in the U.S. on that day. When you fill out your form, you should count anyone who lives at your house on that day.

Will a census taker come to your house? Census takers may visit individual homes for several reasons. Usually, they are following up because a form was not returned. Census takers may also visit individual homes to conduct quality checks or to take the census count in person. Anyone providing information to a census taker must be at least 15 years old to answer the questions.

All census takers will carry an official government badge with just their name. You can also ask for a separate ID to confirm the person’s identity or call the Regional Census Center (Charlotte, N.C.) at 1-704-936-5330 to confirm that they are employed by the Census Bureau. Census takers will never ask to enter your home.

Other Census Information: (1) If you did not receive a form in the mail, you can call the Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1-866- 872-6868. (2) If you lost your form, replacement forms will be mailed in early April or call the Questionnaire Assistance Center. (3) Each form should have a prepaid envelope with it for mailing the completed form. Note that the Census Bureau will not send a confi rmation that your form was received. (4) You cannot fill out the Census online. For the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for any information to be submitted online. (5) Information on the 2010 Census can be found on the website: 2010. census.gov.

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