Beginning in March, the Census Bureau will mail forms to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. Counting all of the people is a monumental task that is conducted every 10 years.
A census is very important in determining the allocation of money to communities across the country. There are many federal programs that depend on the information that a census collects. The only way that it can be accurate is for everyone to participate.
Counting the citizens in some parts of our country can be extremely challenging. For that reason, the counting actually began January 25th in a little village in Alaska called Noorvik. Many people in Alaska have to travel to other towns to get their mail so the census takers are going door-to-door to gather the information.
This year the Census Bureau is promoting a “10 Question in 10 Minutes” form. The questions that will be asked are:
1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?
2. Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1? (Mark an X for all that apply)
3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home (Mark X one box)
a. Owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage or loan?
b. Owned by you or someone in this house free and clear (without a mortgage or loan)?
d. Occupied without payment of rent?
4. What is your telephone number?
5. Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person living here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1. What is Person 1’s name?
6. What is Person 1’s sex?
7. What is Person 1’s age and what is person 1’s date of birth?
8. Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
9. What is Person 1’s race?
10. Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else?
For more information you can visit the interactive website at www.2010census.gov.