TIME TO BE COUNTED

 

Can you believe it?  Another ten years have gone so fast Ė Itís time to be counted.  You most likely have received your 2010 Census questionnaire.  If you havenít, you will very soon. 

 

Some Census Reminders:

 

        The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every ten years, includes counting of everyone residing in the United States.

 

        All residents must be counted Ė both citizens and non-citizens.

 

        Census questionnaire responses can be returned by mail

 

        A small percentage of the population will be asked some detailed socioeconomic information through the American Community Survey.

 

        Census workers will visit households that do not return their questionnaires.

 

        This count shows each stateís population and determines representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Important Uses of This Data:

 

        Every year, the federal government can allocate more than $400 billion to states and communities based, in part, on census data.

 

        Census data guide planning for new hospitals, roads, job training centers, schools and more.

 

        Census data are used to determine the need for additional social services, block grants and other grant programs essential to many communities.

 

        Census data inform a diverse range of local initiatives, from justifying the need for an after-school program to designating urban revitalization areas.

 

2010 Census Questionnaire:  Quick, Easy and Confidential

 

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

 

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

 

So if you havenít mailed in your questionnaire, how about doing so now.  It saves time and money (yours and Uncle Samís).  The national return rate average last time (year 2000) was 72%.  The Clarkson Valley percentage of questionnaires mailed back was 91%.  Letís keep it up!