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2010 Census

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Make history by participating in the 2010 Census. Conducted every 10 years, the census will determine, among other things, what our community needs in order to prosper for the next 10 years. Census data informs critical political and funding decisions on the national, state and local level, as well as provides benefits to businesses, social service and non-profit organizations and many others.  

Why is the 2010 Census important?

Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to tribal, state and local governments based on census data. Census data guides local planning decisions, including where to provide additional social services, establish child care and senior centers, build new roads, hospitals, schools and job training and community centers. Census data also is used to reapportion congressional seats to states and assure proper district representation. (Click here for details and to watch a :48 video.

How do I participate?

Participation in the 2010 Census is easy, important and safe. One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Census forms will be mailed or delivered to households in March 2010, and every household in the United States should complete and return its census form upon receipt.

Census workers, identified by a census badge and bag, will visit households that do not return the forms to take a count in person.

Questionnaire assistance centers (QAC) will be available to assist those unable to read or understand the census form, and a language assistance guide also will be available in 59 languages at all QAC locations. For QAC locations near you, visit the U.S. Census online.

Who should participate?

Every person living in the United States must be counted in the 2010 Census — even noncitizens. This is an important clarification for a university town such as Ann Arbor, with an international workforce, students and faculty. Another variable important to understand for the enumeration, U.S. Census Bureau residence rules require for people to be counted where they live and sleep most of the year; so college students living on and off campus in Ann Arbor must respond to the Census accordingly, rather being accounted for on their parents’ census forms.

It's confidential

The information you provide on your census form is confidential. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both. 

Be a part of history. Participate in the 2010 Census!



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