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U.S. Census Bureau preparing for ’10 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up for the 2010 Census.
In March 2010, the Census Bureau will mail or deliver questionnaires to households across the country. The questionnaire will take less than 10 minutes to complete, according to the Census Bureau’s website (2010.census.gov), and will only include basic questions such as name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing tenure.
Those who do not respond to the initial questionnaire will receive a second form, and households that do not respond beyond that point will be called or visited by a census worker, who can be identified by a census badge and bag.
According to the Census Bureau’s website, here are some other things to keep in mind about the 2010 Census:
•The census is a count of everyone residing in all 50 states in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and island areas
•All residents of the U.S., regardless of age, race, ethnic group or citizenship, must be counted
•The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution
•Participation in the census is required by law
•Federal law also protects the personal information shared during the census
•The first census was conducted in 1790, and has been carried out every 10 years since then
•Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year
•The Census Bureau must count everyone and submit state population totals to the U.S. president by December 31, 2010

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U.S. Census Bureau preparing for ’10 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is gearing up for the 2010 Census.
In March 2010, the Census Bureau will mail or deliver questionnaires to households across the country. The questionnaire will take less than 10 minutes to complete, according to the Census Bureau’s website (2010.census.gov), and will only include basic questions such as name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing tenure.
Those who do not respond to the initial questionnaire will receive a second form, and households that do not respond beyond that point will be called or visited by a census worker, who can be identified by a census badge and bag.
According to the Census Bureau’s website, here are some other things to keep in mind about the 2010 Census:
•The census is a count of everyone residing in all 50 states in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and island areas
•All residents of the U.S., regardless of age, race, ethnic group or citizenship, must be counted
•The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution
•Participation in the census is required by law
•Federal law also protects the personal information shared during the census
•The first census was conducted in 1790, and has been carried out every 10 years since then
•Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year
•The Census Bureau must count everyone and submit state population totals to the U.S. president by December 31, 2010

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