We just received a letter this week from the United States Census Department notifying us that we should expect to see the 2010 Census forms in the mail by the middle of March. The census is taken every ten years, and is one of the most accurate counts of the United States population. The first census took place during George Washington's term in office in 1790. In this first census, questions were asked regarding gender, race, head of household, relationship to the head of household, and the number of slaves, if any. Some states also included information on occupation's and the number of dwellings in a city or town.
The 2010 census is one of the shortest in history, and very similar to the first 1790 census. The 2010 census asks for information on the type of residence, whether it is a house, apartment or mobile home. The name of every occupant in the household, including name, gender, race, ethnicity, and whether they sometimes live somewhere else, and asks for a telephone number to allow a census worker to follow up if any information is incomplete or missing.
Some people may treat these census forms as just another piece of junk mail, an invasion of privacy or just toss it aside and forget to mail it back. They don't realize just how important the census is to every citizen and community.
The census is used to determine the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. The census data determines what your community needs and how the federal government will distribute more than $40 billion dollars for services that benefit community services, such as job training centers, schools, hospitals and emergency services, senior centers, roads, bridges, tunnels and other public works projects.
At this time of economic turmoil, the census can be more important than ever to getting the help to the areas that need it the most. Research markets use the census information, and businesses use the information to locate pools of skilled workers and advocates can use the information to help with information that will benefit their individual causes.
The census form includes only a short 10 questions. Every household is required to fill out the forms and return them in the prepaid envelope as soon as possible, preferably by the end of April. If the forms are not returned, you will get a personal visit from a census worker to obtain the information that is needed.
Use this link to find out more information on this years 2010 census