When is the 2010 Census?
Census Day is April 1, 2010. Questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to households in March, and Census workers will also visit households that do not return questionnaires.
Why Do We Take the Census?
The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every ten years in order to achieve an accurate assessment of the number and location of the people living within the nation's borders. The totals determine which states gain or lose representation in Congress as well as the amount of state and federal funding communities receive. Approximately $300 billion in federal funding is distributed to communities each year. The federal government uses population data to allocate funds in a variety of areas:
- Title I grants to educational agencies
- Head Start programs
- Women, Infants, and Children
- Public transportation
- Road rehabilitation and construction
- Programs for the elderly
- Emergency food and shelter
- Empowerment zones
What is the 2010 Census Questionnaire like?
The 2010 Census will differ from the 2000 Census. This year's Census questionnaire will consist of only ten questions that will take a total of ten minutes to complete. The questionnaire will ask for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home. Additionally, the Census Bureau cannot disclose an individual's responses with anyone, including other federal agencies. All responses are used for statistical purposes only.
What is a Complete Count Committee?
A Complete Count Committee is a volunteer committee that is formed to help increase awareness about the census and motivate community members about the importance of responding. Allegany County has formed a Local Complete Count Committee that has been charged with implementing a plan to target the unique characteristics of the county to help ensure an accurate 2010 Census count.
What is the Census in Schools program and how can I use it?
The Census Bureau and Scholastic, Inc. have partnered to create a Census in Schools program for the 2010 Census to provide educators with resources to teach students about the importance of the Census in the hopes that they will deliver this message to their families. Educational materials for students in K-12 and teachers' guides and lesson plans are available on the Census Bureau's website. These materials are free.
How can I help?
Counting each person in the United States is one of the largest operations the federal government undertakes. Therefore, the Census Bureau is always recruiting workers to help with this daunting task. Positions as enumerators, crew leaders, crew leader assistants, recruiting assistants, and clerks are needed. 2010 Census team workers will earn good pay weekly, work flexible hours, and receive paid training and reimbursement for authorized mileage and other expenses. For more information call 1-866-861-2010.