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U.S. Census 2010: It's In Your Hands
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 • Posted March 3, 2010

The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Every 10 years, our Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a census. This helps determine your representation in Congress, as well as how federal funds are spent on things like schools and roads, and where businesses decide to put new stores and factories, to determine locations for retail stores, schools, hospitals, new housing developments and other community facilities.

Census data also determine boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts and determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Census data is used to assign congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year, and to make decisions about what community services to provide.

By law the census bureau delivers population counts to the President. By law the census bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.

Who fills about the census? The census is a count of everyone residing in the United States. All U.S. residents must be counted—both citizens and non citizens, i.e. illegals. Census applicants name and address are confidential and cannot be disclosed—it is illegal to disclose this information.

Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide. The Census information after taken is sealed for 72 years. By being counted, you help ensure that your community receives its fair share of political representation and government funding.

The 2010 Census form will be one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. So when you get your census form in mid-March, take about 10 minutes to answer 10 questions—remembering to include everyone in your household, because we can’t move forward until you mail it back.

To view more information on the 2010 Census, go to www.2010census.gov .

New members of the committee are Pam Kruse, Mason I.S.D.; Brent Hinckley, Mayor of Mason; Jerry Bearden, Mason County Judge; Victoria Duarte & Jane Vargas.

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