Yesterday was the date by which Census officials hoped you’d return your Census forms that enable the government to count each and every resident of the United States. Did you return yours on time?
If you haven’t, consider that when you take the time to fill out your Census form, you’re really donating those 10 minutes to your community. How? Because federal funds for hospitals, schools, emergency services, bridges and tunnels, job training centers and senior centers are dispensed based on the information gathered in the Census. If you don’t get counted, your community loses out.
Census data also help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As of today, the national participation rate is 69 percent. That means, for the remaining 31 percent of the population that hasn’t returned their forms, beginning in May, Census takers will have to visit every home to take the answers verbally. It costs $57 to employ a Census taker to come to your house and record your answers versus the 42 cents worth of prepaid postage to mail back your response.
According to the 2010 Census Web site, it’s not too late. If you haven’t mailed back your form yet, take the 10 minutes and put it in the mail today. Have questions or wish to give your Census information over the phone? Visit the 2010 Census contact page for more information.