Thursday, March 18, 2010


10 questions. 10 minutes --

The 2010 US Census Form is shorter and easier to fill out.

Now less is more. Because of changes to the process and the introduction of the American Community Survey, the 2010 Census form is shorter, making it even easier to fill in and send back.

The 2010 Census form is just 10 questions, such as:

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Hispanic origin
  • Race
  • Household relationship
  • If you own or rent

The census DOES NOT ask about the legal status of respondents or their Social Security numbers.

Once you get your form in the mail, fill it in and mail it back in the postage-paid envelope provided.

The Census Bureau does not send out any confirmations that your form was received.

Any request for census information from the Census Bureau will be clearly identified as coming from the U.S. Census Bureau and as OFFICIAL BUSINESS of the United States. It is a federal offense for anyone to pretend they represent the Census Bureau. Before your household receives a mailed form, a phone call or a visit from the Census Bureau, you will be given a few days notice with a letter from the Census Bureau Director.



If you are living at your own residence, you can expect to receive a packet in the mail with instructions on how to fill it out. If you are living in a shelter or another situation where you are not at your own residence, you can expect to be contacted by census workers at some point to fill out the necessary forms.

A special program has been planned for three days at the end of this month at various facilities identified by the Census Bureau with the help of advocacy organizations, and local, state and national partners.

* On Monday, March 29, 2010, census workers will conduct a count at emergency and transitional shelters with sleeping facilities;

* On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, census workers will conduct a count at soup kitchens and regularly scheduled mobile food vans; and

* On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, census workers will conduct a count at pre-identified outdoor locations such as encampments underneath highway overpasses or bridges and other areas where members of the homeless population are known to live.

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