As National Census Day April 1 inches closer, U.S. residents will begin receiving 2010 U.S. Census questionnaires in their mailboxes beginning in March. Under the U.S. Constitution, a national census is completed every 10 years to get an accurate picture of the nation’s growing and changing population and demographics. Every resident of the United States and Puerto Rico,
including citizens and non-citizens, is required by law to complete a 2010 Census form to account for everyone living at their household address as of April 1, 2010.
After completing the 10-question form, return it in the postage-paid envelope provided. If you fail to return your census form, a census taker will follow up to arrange a personal interview to collect your information.
The census data is used to determine the number of seats each state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. It also helps to determine how $400 billion in federal funding will be allocated every year for infrastructure and services, such as hospitals, schools, emergency services, roads and bridges, and job training centers. For businesses, census data is critical to help them make strategically and fiscally sound decisions that spur economic growth.
To ensure your community receives the services it needs, everyone needs to be counted.
Key Dates for 2010 Census
March 2010 – Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households.
April 1, 2010 – Census Day
May – July 2010 – Census takers visit households that did not return a questionnaire.
December 2010 – By law, the Census Bureau delivers population counts to the President for apportionment.
March 2011 – By law, the Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.