Things to know before you fill out the Census form

It comes every ten years.  It’s something that is our civic duty.  It’s something that’s relatively easy to do, yet it’s also one of the most important things you’ll do.

We’re talking about the 2010 Census.

If you’re reading this, then you probably haven’t turned in turned your Census form.  It’s still not too late to turn it in. Maybe you have some questions.

So here are six things to know about being counted in the Census

Did you know?

Any personal data you provide is protected under federal law.

In case that you’re wondering,  ANY information on you can never be shared.  Other government agencies can never access it and can never be used against you in court.

In other words, your information is COMPLETELY confidential.  No matter whether you were born here or your immigrant status, your information will NEVER be shared.

Did you know?

If any information on you is shared, this is a federal crime.

Title 13, §215 of the US code says that:

“the disclosure of which is prohibited under the provisions of section 9 of this title, and which comes into his possession by reason of his being employed (or otherwise providing services) under the provisions of this title, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

Did you know?

Census employees are sworn FOR LIFE to protect your information.  They can NEVER share your information with anybody.

So if you get a visit from a Census taker, here’s what you can expect:

  • All census takers carry official government badges that have their name.
  • If anybody comes to you’re door, you can ask them for a picture ID to confirm their identity.
  • Some census workers might carry a “U.S. Census Bureau” bag.
  • If you want to be absolutely sure about them, you can contact regional Census center at 313-396-5200.

Did you know?

Census takers will never ask to enter home.

You’re getting this straight from the source.  They will visit up to six times.  If they miss you, they will leave door hanger with a phone number to call to schedule a visit at your convenience.

I know what you’re think. “I don’t want someone knocking on my door.” I got you covered.  If you missed the deadline, there’s a number that you can call and answer the questions.  If  you call our Questionnaire Assistance line at 1-866-872-6868, you give answers over the phone.

¿Sabía que si usted habla español hay ayuda para participar en el censo?

The Census will never ask you information over the Internet. If you ever get anything in your email, then pass it along to the authorities.

Did you know?

It can help your community receive its yearly share in federal funds yearly for things like:

•     Hospitals

•     Job training centers

•     Schools

•     Senior centers

•     Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects

•     Emergency services

•     Determine number of seats in U.S. House of Representatives

Current projections say that Hispanics will make up 39% of the total population from 2000 to 2010, 45% from 2010 to 2030, and 60% from 2030 to 2050.  However, these are just guesses.  For your community to get its share of federal funds, the Census needs to count EVERYBODY.

So out of your other duties as a US resident, this is probably the quickest, easiest to do.  10 minutes to answer 10 questions.

Most importantly, this is one that’s around your schedule and at your convenience.  Whether you talk to a Census taker or provide your answers over the phone, it’s THAT easy.  So what are you waiting for?

It’s your day to count.

If you have any questions, go to Census 2010′s site: Census 2010.

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