Your participation in the 2010 US Census is Important!
Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau counts every resident in the United States, as required by the Constitution. Some people consider this an intrusive process. This attitude is prevalent in the ethnic community. However, the intent of the census is not to poke into anyone’s business or find out about your personal matters. The results of the 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for the things that are critical to them and their families. That’s more than $4 trillion over a 10-year period.
Without an accurate census count, many communities will be underfunded for:
* Job training centers
* Senior centers
* Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects
* Emergency services
Your participation in the census is your statement about what resources your community needs to support it’s population. By not participating your potentially hurting your community’s chances to receive it’s full share of federal resources. Also, the data collected by the census help determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Without an accurate count, your community may not be adequately represented in government.
“Just like we can’t survive without roads and bridges, the country doesn’t function well without an updated Census to distribute funds to areas that most need them and to support community decisions about their own future.” Robert M. Groves, Director of the United States Census Bureau
One of the biggest challenges facing the accuracy of the US Census is under-counting. Under-counting results from low census participation in some communities. This is a big issue in the ethnic community. The reason for the low participation varies, but one concern is confidentiality. This is particularly an issue among immigrants as they fear that personal information could be used against them if it gets revealed to local authorities. Unfortunately, this concern is simply unfounded. The fact is that anyone who reveals specific information about any household would be subject to up to five years in prison, plus a $250,000 fine. Furthermore, federal laws require that specific data about residents be concealed for 72 years before it can be made accessible to the general public. The fact is your census data is protected!
In March of 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. Most of the forms will be in English, however, communities with high Spanish speaking populations will receive Spanish language forms. When you receive your form, take the time to answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back. A postage-paid envelope is provided for you. Keep in mind that if you don’t mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker who will ask you questions from the form.
The simplest and easiest approach is to just fill out the form and send it back as soon as you receive it. The whole process should only take 15 minutes, but the benefit to your community may last a lifetime.
Here are the Projected State (Georgia) Populations, by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin: 1995-2025
(Numbers rounded to nearest thousand. Resident population)
For more info: The following websites can provide additional helpful information regarding the 2010 US Census.
- 2010 US Census
- Jobs at the Census
- American Fact Finder
- State and County Quick Facts
- US Census FAQs
Source: The US Bureau of the Census