Saturday, March 27, 2010

CENSUS 2010: Count on Change!

We can not afford to be undercounted in 2010!

1.Every ten years, the U.S. government conducts the Census, an official count of the entire population of the United States. The next Census is scheduled to take place on April 1, 2010.

2. Census data is used to determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and to create voting districts for Congress, state legislatures, school boards and city councils.

3. Federal and local government use Census information to determine the allocation of billions of dollars of funds to communities schools, roads, hospitals, senior center, and other services.

4. Every time the Census has been performed, the Census Bureau has failed to fully count  Black and other people of color. Communities that were undercounted in the 2000 Census lost more than 4.1 billion dollars in federal and local funding.

5. During the 2000 Census, an incredible 628,000 Blacks, and a total of 1 million people of color, were not counted. In contrast, the 2000 Census double-counted the non-Hispanic white population by apporoximately 2.2 million. We cannot afford to be undercounted in 2010! Record numbers of Blacks and other people of color participated in the 2008 Presidential election-let's use that momentum to make sure we are counted in 2010!

6. You should receive your Census form by March 2010. If you don't receive it or if you have moved, contact to BE COUNTED Center of your local Census Bureau.

7. Your Census form should take you only about 10 minutes to complete. Include EVERYONE who lives in your household most of the time, including babies, children, the elderly, relatives, friends, immigrants and non-citizens.

8. Your Census information is CONFIDENTIAL. Your answers will NOT be shared with law enforcement, landlords, the IRS, welfare, the FBI or immigration officials.

9. Complete and return your Census form by April 1, 2010 in the envelope provided. If the Census Bureau does not receive your completed form, a Census taker may visit your home. A Census taker will have an official U.S. Census Bureau badge. The Census taker will ask you the same questions that appear on the Census form, record your answers, and submit your completed Census form to the Census Bureau.

10. Work for the Census! The Census Bureau will hire hundreds of thousands of temporary employess to help with the 2010 Census. Call the Census Bureau toll free at 1-866-861-2010 for more information. help the Census Bureau recruit and hire people from your neighborhood.

You can also see the results of your state and county in real time. Visit


The Wife said...

So true! We received our Census on last week and filled it out the same night and mailed it back! I was so excied to fill it out. It's 4 of us in our house hold and it did take me 10 minutes! SO I was fine with that.

The Census effects our every day life (well the dollars generated by the Census) and many people don't know that. I didn't know it unitl I went to training! But it is really important. So take 10 minutes to fill it out and mail it back!

The money is going to be spent regardless!!! But it's who fills it where the money will go!

Curious Wife said...

The person that disagreed, I would like to know why are you disagree. Curious. If you don't comment, how can we discuss.

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