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It’s Census Time

Published: March 15, 2010

As you probably know, 2010 is a census year.

Participating is easy, important and confidential, and, since the 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in history, it should just take about 10 minutes to complete.

Why is the census important?

First of all, the U.S. Constitution requires that a national census be conducted every 10 years. Gathered data will show state and national population counts, determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, and guide the annual distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds to state, local and tribal governments. Everyone in the United States must be counted, which includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens. The Census Bureau’s goal is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place.

By completing and returning your census form, you are performing an important civic duty while helping to better define the future – for you, your community and our country. Census data can also be used for academic work including scientific research, reports, statistical profiles and other projects. In addition, it can affect college and university tuition grant and loan programs and guide businesses to make sound decisions about recruiting and hiring.

Students residing in group quarters, such as dormitories, residence halls, sorority or fraternity houses, will receive census forms between April 1 and May 21. Each student should complete and return a form.

By the end of March, census forms will have been delivered or mailed by street name and house or apartment to students living off campus. All students living at a particular off-campus address are considered part of one household, so only one form should be completed. It should include information about all the people living at that address. The form should be returned in the U.S. mail envelope provided with the census form.


Students who commute to school and reside full-time at their parents’ or guardians’ household address should be counted on their parents’ or guardians’ household form.

For more information about Census 2010, visit the following Web sites or