About the Census Form
10 Questions. 10 Minutes.
Discover how the collected data matters.
Now less is more. Because of changes to the process and introduction of the American Community Survey, the 2010 Census form is shorter, making it even easier to fill in and send back.
This is one of the shortest census forms in U.S. History! The 2010 Census for will ask for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home - just 10 simple questions and will take households about 10 minutes to answer. Every question asked is for a specific reason, to ensure response accuracy or to determine seats in Congress.
*The census DOES NOT ask about the legal status of respondents or their Social Security numbers.*
Explore the form and the questions asked on the sample 2010 questionnaires below:
NOTE: YOU CANNOT FILL OUT THE FORM ONLINE.
The mailing package from the Census Bureau will consist of the 10-questions form and a postage-paid envelope.
In areas served by the United States Postal Service, postal workers will deliver the initial mailing in mid-March 2010. In all other areas, census taker will deliver the form packages between March 1 and April 30, 2010. You will be given a few days notice with a letter from the Census Bureau Director before your household receives a mailed form, a phone call, or a visit from the Census Bureau.
Once you get your form in the mail, fill it in and mail it back in the postage-paid envelope provided. The Census Bureau does not send out any confirmations that your form was received. If you don't mail the form back, you may receive a visit from the census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form. Any personal data you provide is protected under Federal law.
Any request for census information from the Census Bureau will be clearly identified as coming from the U.S. Census Bureau and as OFFICIAL BUSINESS for the United States. It is a federal offense for anyone to pretend they represent the Census Bureau.
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