2009-12-03 / Front Page

2010 County Census Preparations Continue

Bureau releases response rates for 2000 census
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

As plans for conducting the 2010 decennial census continue, the U.S. Census Bureau has released information on what the 2010 census questionnaire will contain. According to the bureau, all households will receive a short form to report 2010 census information. The form will contain 10 questions and take approximately 10 minutes to complete, according to information on the Census Bureau’s Web site.

The forms will be delivered by mail to each household in March 2010. One form for each household must be completed to reflect information on household residents as of April 1, 2010, designated as Census Day. After that, forms should be mailed back to the bureau in a postagepaid envelope provided.

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years.

The 2010 Census will help communities receive more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for things like hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, emergency services, bridges, tunnels and other public works projects. The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats states have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In the event forms are not returned, a census taker will visit homes to assist in completing the form.

The bureau is now hiring census takers and has opened an office in Altoona that will serve the Fulton County area. Hiring will likely continue through March 2010.

For the 2000 census, the Census Bureau set a goal return rate of 65 percent. In actuality, 67 percent of all households returned their census questionnaire. In Pennsylvania, the return rate was 70 percent, while Iowa posted the highest return rate of 76 percent. Fulton County’s return rate was 65 percent, meeting the goal return rate but not the state’s return rate. In Fulton County, Thompson township and the borough of McConnellsburg matched the state’s rate of return for the 2000 census.

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