“The 2010 Census will be a snapshot of our nation’s population- capturing our changing and diverse America in a fleeting moment in time. But this historic event will do more than tell us who we are as a nation today. It will affect your community’s future. Your country’s future. Your future.”
- 2010 Census Bureau
You may be asking yourself, how does it work and why does it matter anyway? Well hopefully I can shed a little light on the importance of the 2010 U.S. Census.
First off, to understand the magnitude, if 100% of households mailed back their forms, taxpayers would save $1.5 BILLION dollars.
The Census is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. It aims to count all U.S. residents—citizens and non-citizens alike. The money the Census allocates to our communities is designated for important things including: hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects, and emergency services. This can amount to over $400 BILLION in federal funds each year.
Now you might be thinking, “Wow, it seems like a daunting task to gather all of this information! I’m not sure I have the time or the energy to fill out an extensive survey. Oh, and by the way, is the information I provide protected?”
To address your concerns, it took me less than 5 minutes to fill out the 10 question form. Honestly, it was a little anticlimactic. You can’t fill it out online but if you’re curious, you can explore what the form looks like or you can watch this short video if you have any questions about how to fill it out. And don’t worry, the federal law protects your identity and the information you provide.
So if it’s only 10 questions and it can save us so much money, why is the National Participation rate only 54%? Beats me! Spread the word to your friends and your community by asking them if they have sent in their forms. Tell them it is quick, easy, and confidential and Arizona needs help because we are at a disappointing 52% participation rate. By participating you can help create a better future for you and those important to you.
This is not a waste of time, it will only be a waste of money if you don’t send it back. And as the Census Bureau says, “we can’t move forward until you mail it back!”
For more information check out the 2010 Census website.