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Questions on the 2010 Census Form

Shortest Census Questionnaire in History


Questions on the 2010 Census Form

Census forms mailed in March.

U.S. Census Bureau
"Ten questions, 10 minutes," is the U.S. Census Bureau's mantra when it comes to encouraging everyone in America to fill out and mail back their 2010 Census form - the shortest questionnaire in the history of the U.S. census. What are the 2010 Census questions, why is it important to you and what is the 2010 Census timeline?

With some paraphrasing for brevity, here are all 10 questions on the 2010 Census form:
  1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment or mobile home on April 1, 2010?
  2. Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1?
  3. Is this house, apartment or mobile home owned by you or someone in the house with a mortgage? Owned free and clear? Rented? Occupied without payment of rent?
  4. What is your telephone number (number to call if an answer is unclear)?
  5. Names of the individuals living in the home.
  6. Sex of the individual inhabitants of the home.
  7. Ages and dates of birth of the individual inhabitants of the home.
  8. Are any the individuals living in the home of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?
  9. The race of the individual inhabitants of the home.
  10. Do any of the individuals live or stay somewhere else?
Why Should You Fill it Out?
What's the single best reason to fill out and mail back the 2010 Census form? Money. The census count is used by Congress in deciding how to distribute more than $400 billion annually to state, local and tribal governments. The formula is simple: the greater the population your state or city reports, the more federal money it might get.

According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study released by the U.S. Census Monitoring Board, a total of 122,980 people went uncounted in Georgia during the 2000 census. As a result, the state will lose out on some $208.8 million in federal funding through 2012, a loss of about $1,697 per uncounted person.

In addition, through the process of "apportionment," the census population count is used to determine the number of seats -- meaning votes -- each state gets in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is important because the House of Representatives is where the spending bills distributing that $400 billion annually start.

What if You Do Not Get a Census Form?
If you did not receive a form, call the Census Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center at 1-866-872-6868. (If you prefer a Spanish-speaking operator, then dial 1-866-928-2010.) The lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (your local time) seven days a week from February 25, 2010 through July 30, 2010. For the hearing-impaired, TDD 1-866-783-2010.

What Is the Census Schedule?
  • In March 2010, the Census Bureau will start mailing out the 450 million 2010 Census forms. In the middle of March, census assistance centers will be opened in various neighborhoods to serve residents who need help in completing the form.
  • April 1, 2010 will be officially recognized nationally as "Census Day," as a point of reference reminding all residents to fill out and mail back their census form.
  • In late April 2010, a second mailing containing one of two messages will be sent to all households. One message will thank residents who responded. The other message will be a reminder to residents who have not yet filled out the census questionnaire.
  • From April through July 2010, some 1.4 million census workers will start making door-to-door visits to all households that failed to respond to the mail-back 2010 Census questionnaires. The census worker will assist a member of the household -- who must be at least 15-years old -- in completing the Census 2010 survey form. Census workers will visit homes up to three times, if necessary, to record resident information for 2010 Census.
  • By March 2011, the Census Bureau is required by law to deliver population information from the 2010 Census to the states for redistricting.

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