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Answer the 2010 Census

Once upon a midnight dreary,
while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door –
Only this, and nothing more.’
The lines from Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven would indicate that the subject of his poem feared and dreaded hearing someone knocking at his door.
No worries…when someone taps at your door in April, it will probably just be a Census taker.
This year every household in the country will receive a census questionnaire, which will be mailed out in March. You will be asked to fill it out and return it as soon as possible.
But you know how it goes; not everyone will be on the same page. That’s when the Census takers or field workers, as they are called, will step in. They will visit every house that didn’t reply.
Why is getting this information so important?
The Census data directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated. Those statistics can directly affect you and your family. Depending on the collected information, you may or may not get a new school, neighborhood improvements, new roads and improvements for police and fire departments.
Those numbers also are used to decide the number of seats each state has in the U. S. House of Representatives and how to redistrict state legislatures.
In other words, the term, “knowledge is power” is an excellent way to describe the collected and compiled Census data.
Completing the form will be easier this time, with the Census form even more streamlined than in years before. This year’s slogan is “10 Questions, 10 minutes.”
There won’t be any personal questions about income or religion and they won’t ask you for your Social Security number. The questionnaire doesn’t even get into whether or not you are a legal citizen.
With over 300 million of us living in the United States, the 2010 Census has a lot of ground to cover.
So let’s make it easy on everyone. Save the field workers some steps by filling out the form and sending it back. That way, the Census Bureau will have the information it needs and then you won’t have someone “rapping, rapping” at your door.