How to Make a Difference by Being Counted – 2010 Census

The last census was in the year 2000. A lot has happened in 10 years. You may not have been old enough in 2000 to have had children but now you have three. You may be like the other millions who have moved from one state to another. You may have moved away to college, or into an apartment, or into your own home. You can make a difference by being counted in the 2010 Census. April 1, 2010 is what the U.S. Census Bureau calls Census Day; the day to be serious about being counted. Here’s how.
  1. Step1

    The Census counts everybody living in the United States. If you live or reside in the United States you need to be counted. The count is not about citizenship it is about residency. So make sure you are counted.

  2. Step2

    I’ve read that the federal government every year allocates or awards $300 billion to states. These funds are based in some way on census data. I’ve heard that each person counted can be worth $1,250.00 to the state they live in. You can make a difference by making sure the state you live in gets all the money it should by being counted. These funds can be used for roads, hospitals, and schools.

  3. Step3

    The importance of being counted is so that the government can count the population of states and figure out how many seats each state will have represented in the House of Representatives. So when you receive your questionnaire in the mail in about March 2010 you should complete it in blue or black ink and send it back as soon as possible. If you do not respond you will not be counted.

  4. Step4

    If you do not respond then you may receive another questionnaire or a personal visit to be counted in person. Of course there is an expense involved in a second mailing or a personal visit. So fill out the first questionnaire you receive and return it.

  5. Step5

    The questionnaire is promised to be so simple that it will take only 10 minutes to fill it out and it asks only 10 questions. The questionnaire asks how many people are living at the residence. It asks about each person living in the residence, for example, the name, gender, age, and race.

  6. Step6

    If you know of individuals needing assistance in filing out the questionnaire, the Census Bureau has Questionnaire Assistance Centers to provide assistance to those who may be unable to read or are limited in reading. Questionnaires are available in large print for those with limited sight and TDD is available to help the hearing impaired.

  7. Step7

    Don’t worry about those in nursing homes, shelters, military quarters, or college dormitories; they will be counted by Census Bureau workers.

  8. Step8

    If you are a community, business or organization leader, you can help others to be counted in the Census by partnering with the Census Bureau. You can raise awareness and encourage participation in the 2010 count. Contact the U.S. Census Bureau for a Partnership Agreement Form.

    By cbbknows

8:17 AM

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