The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest forms in history - 10 questions in 10 minutes. Each question helps to determine how more than $400 billion will be allocated to communities across the country.
The questions on the 2010 Census are very basic, asking about topics such as name, age, race, Hispanic origin and home ownership.
Four general questions are asked about the household:
1. If the housing unit is owned or rented
2. Telephone number
3. How many people live in the residence
4. If any additional people who lived at the residence on April 1, 2010, were not included
And for each household member, the census asks:
3. Age/date of birth
4. Relationship to the person who owns or rents the residence
5. Hispanic origin
7. Does this person sometimes live or stay somewhere else
The Census Bureau is bound by a strict law and solemn commitment to protect the confidential information collected. This includes protecting the addresses of residences and businesses.
By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' individually identifiable answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take the oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.
Forms will be mailed in March 2010. We need your help in completing the form. It's critical that you mail back your form rather than wait for a census worker to show up on your doorstep.
Remember, it takes just 10 minutes to fill the form out and mail it back.
Click here to download a pdf sample form