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U.S. Census 2010

U.S. CensusThe foundation of our democracy is dependent on fair and equitable representation in Congress. In order to achieve an accurate assessment of the number and location of the people, the U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years.

The census population totals determine which states gain or lose representation in Congress. It also determines the amount of state and federal funding committees receive over the course of the decade.

In order for this funding allocation to be accomplished fairly and accurately, the goal of the census is to count everybody, count them only once, and count them in the right place.

5 key steps to counting every person in the nation:

  1. Census is underway.
    Census workers canvassed the country between April and July 2009 to update addresses and maps from the previous census.
  2. The form arrives.
    More than 130 million households will receive a census form in March 2010, either by mail or by census worker. Forms should be completed immediately upon receipt. Forms will be available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Russian, upon request.
  3. Census Day is April 1, 2010.
    Responses to the census form should include everyone in your household. This information is confidential and for statistical purposes only. It will not be shared with anyone, including other federal agencies or law enforcement.
  4. Follow-up because every person matters.
    Addresses that still have not responded will be visited by a census worker between April and July.
  5. The results are in.
    The Census Bureau will provide the 2010 apportionment counts to the President by December 31, 2010, which will include the total population and representatives by state.

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