Doubtless you wonder what the 2010 Census1 will be like. To answer your questions, I present this article in question and answer form. You will find the information presented here is carefully presented to agree with that found on the official website. Before the 2010 Census forms are sent out or delivered, census workers will go door-to-door to update the address list, nationwide. It will be my pleasure to serve the public in the Nelson County, Virginia area in this 2009 work that prepares the Census Bureau for the actual 2010 census.
Answers to Your Questions
1. Why should I fill out my census form?
There are a number of reasons. For one thing, it is required by law. For another, it affects the flow of federal and state dollars – the census people, knowing that dollars and cents appeal to people inform us that if we wish our community to receive its share of such tax monies, we will fill out our forms. Another reason is that it helps determine school districts and legislature districts, and it is used to determine the number of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives.
2. When and how will I get my 2010 Census form, and how lengthy will it be?
Census forms for the 2010 Census will be mailed out in March of 2010. These forms are short and to the point, and will “less than 10 minutes to complete.” Whereas one in six households used to get a census long-form to fill out, in 2010 there will be only short-forms for everyone. This should serve as an encouragement to you. The 2000 Census long-form asked nearly ten times the questions per person as the short-form.
3. What questions will I be asked?
We are informed by the Census website, “The 2010 Census will… count all residents living in the United States as well as ask for name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing tenure….”
4. Will my information be kept confidential?
“Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information. Violating this law is a crime with severe penalties.” I know that as an employee, if I gave out information that could point to a specific household, I would be subject to imprisonment and’/or a fine, and I really, really don’t want to experience those things! So I will keep your information confidential!
It might interest you to know that people from certain secular backgrounds are not allowed to work for the U.S. Census. Among those are policemen and Internal Revenue people. Could this be for rather obvious reasons? It would be tempting for such ones to use personal information for their advantage, and so it is appropriate not to employ such ones for this work. You can thus rest assured that I am not a “Revenuer.” So, I am kidding, but not entirely, when I say to you – Just say “No” to shotguns.
1 Specifics are taken from the U.S. Census Website.