Help Make Sure Everyone Is Counted
In March 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States. The 2010 Census aims to count all U.S. residents, citizens and non-citizens alike. The Census Bureau asks that all respondents fill in the form to account for everyone living at that address as of April 1, 2010, and includes a prepaid envelope with the form so you can mail it back as soon as possible.
During the 1950s, Ohio gained 1.8 million residents, growing 22 percent - compared to 19 percent for the nation, according to census data. However, from 1960 to 2000, Ohio gained only 1.6 million residents and experienced a growth rate much slower than the nation. From April 1, 2000, to July 1, 2007, Ohio's population grew 1.0 percent, while the nation's population grew 7.2 percent. The average Ohio household size has declined 27.4 percent since 1950, faster than U.S. average of 21.3 percent.
Census data helps to determine the allocation of more than $400 billion of federal funding each year for community services, such as home-delivered meals, long-term care ombudsman programs, senior centers and employment programs. People from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more. Census data also will determine Ohio's representation in the U.S. House of Representatives over the next decade. It is estimated that Ohio will lose at least one seat and possibly up to three.
The 2010 Census will be one of the shortest and simplest in U.S. history. It requires less personal information than a typical credit card application. It will ask just 10 basic questions including name, sex, age and date of birth, Hispanic origin, race, household relationship and if you own or rent your home. The 2010 Census does NOT ask about bank account information, salary or income, citizenship or immigration status, or anyone's Social Security number.
Any personal data is kept confidential. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share personally identifiable information with anyone, including the IRS, FBI, CIA or any other government agency. Penalties for any employee who might share that information are severe - up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Census forms are sent to every residence, meaning if an individual has two residences, such as one here and one in Florida, that person will receive forms at both addresses. Snowbirds - Ohioans who spend part of the year in another state - should list their Ohio residence as their permanent household if they spend the majority of the year here. Census Bureau workers will take in-person counts of people living in group quarters, such as nursing facilities. In May and June, U.S. Census Bureau employees will visit residences that do not return a form.
If you do not receive a form by April 1, call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center at 1-866-872-6868 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week through July 30, 2010. For more information about the 2010 Census, visit www.census.ohio.gov/ .
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