Census

About the 2010 Census
What is the Census?

The Census is a 10-question survey that allows the government to literally count every resident in the United States. Sine 1790 the Constitution has mandated that it be conducted every 10 years.

How does it affect YOU?

In addition to determining the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Census paints a picture of what kinds of resources are needed in your community. The government uses the Census to decide how up to $400 billion per year is allocated for certain projects like housing, anti-violence initiatives, and schools. Census data is also used by public and private institutions to advocate for causes, prevent diseases, and determine where businesses open.

New America Media talk to young Black men about the upcoming Census.
Did You Know…?

The Census is mandatory – Unwillingness to participate in the census can result in a fine of up to $100. Also, lying on the Census can result in a fine of up to $500.

The Census counts both citizens and non-citizens. Since 1790, it has been designed to count ALL inhabitants in the US.

The Census cannot be filled out online. However, the government is already working to securely distribute the census online in 2020.

If you are a college student, you have to fill out your own Census form, independent of your parents.

Important Dates

March 2010 – Census forms are mailed or delivered to households

April 1st 2010 – National Census Day. Use this day as a point of reference for sending your completed forms back in the mail

April – July 2010 – Census takers visit households that did not return a form by mail