About Census 2010
The Census is a count of every person residing in the United States, regardless of age, race, and ethnicity, citizens and non-citizens. Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution requires a census of everyone in the United States every ten years. The first Census was in 1790 and the next one occurs in 2010. The Census form asks 10 simple questions and can be completed in 10 minutes. Federal law protects the personal information you share with the Census Bureau. The information collected is used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to state, local and tribal governments each year. Census Day is April 1, 2010.
Sample Census Forms
Census forms will also be available in Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian. In addition, local Questionnaire Assistance Centers will have language guides in more than 59 other languages.
Census data shapes the future of your community and defines your voice in Congress. All levels of government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations rely on Census data. Results of the Census affect a wide range of key policy decisions:
The Census is a count of every person residing in the United States and its territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the American Virgin Islands. For Census purposes, a person’s legal status does not matter as both citizens and noncitizens are counted.
Responses Are Confidential
By federal law (Title 13, United States Code), the information on your Census form is completely confidential and cannot be disclosed for 72 years. The Census Bureau does not share an individual’s information with courts, the police, or any other government agency such as the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of Homeland Security. Census Bureau employees take an oath under Title 13 to protect your confidentiality. If they fail to, they are subject to harsh criminal penalties, including a prison sentence of up to five years and a $250,000 fine, or both. Every person with access to an individual’s Census information is subject to this law.
The Census Bureau uses all responses namelessly, for statistical purposes only. Typically, it simply adds them up into large sums, such as the number of people in a state, city or area.
It is possible that you will be visited by a Census Field Representative. Here are some RECOGNITION TIPS to assure the validity of the person coming to your door that they are a Field Representative of the United States Census Bureau:
If you have any doubt about a person coming to your door, please call the Seattle Regional Office for verification at (206) 501-4160. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
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