Official Census form takes ten minutes or less, so fill it out so you can count

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)-  The United States Census Bureau estimates it will take the average person roughly ten minutes to complete the 2010 Census survey, including the time it takes to review the instructions and answers.

It's quick and easy, and completion is vital in order to count everyone in the United States.

The form tells us to count all people, including babies, who live and sleep here most of the time, but it does list certain instructions about not counting anyone who lives away, even if they plan to return at a certain point. Otherwise, they may be counted twice.

Here is a general summary of the questions:

Question one asks how many people are living or staying in the residence as of April 1, 2010.

Question two follows up with any additional people staying there, and question three pertains to whether or not you own, rent the house, or if somebody else owns the house.

Question four asks for your telephone number.

Question five asks you to provide information on each person living there, starting with the person who owns or rents it. When you open up your form, you'll find there's a place for each person.

Question six through nine asks for your gender, your age and birth date, as well as your ethnicity and race.

Question ten asks if person one sometimes lives or stays elsewhere.

It takes ten minutes or less, and it really is simple.

Your answers will remain confidential, and protected by law. This means the Census Bureau can't give out any information that identifies your household, and will be used for statistical purposes only.

Remember, your answers are important. Census results are used to decide the number of representatives each state has in the U.S. Congress. The amount of government money your neighborhood receives also depends on these answers. That money is used for services for children and the elderly, roads, and many other local needs.

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