Most everyone will receive their 2010 Census Form sometime this week if they haven’t already found it in their mailbox. There were some very good question and answers published in the newspapers regarding how to count family members who may live at two locations, be away at college, be incarcerated, etc. However, the Census Form pretty well spells all those things out for you with words such as ‘Count all people, including babies, who live and sleep here MOST of the time” In other words 51% of the time would mean MOST of the time. EXAMPLE: Towns where college students reside most of the time will get the benefits they deserve by being able to count those students as residents at their dorms and apartments and they would NOT be counted as someone living at YOUR residence.
The rest is pretty much self-explanatory and in this household, it took exactly 2 1/2 minutes to fill it out including reading the instructions. One important thing is to make sure that the bar code shows through the plastic window on the enclosed POSTAGE PAID envelope. There is enough blanks in the form to include up to TWELVE people’s names who may be living in the household.
Again, it cannot be stressed enough that you should not set this Form aside, but to fill it out immediately and mail it back ASAP. For anyone needing assistance the English speaking help desk is at 1-866-872-6868 and the Spanish speaking help desk is at 1-866-928-2010
Let’s all make sure that our area gets the Federal and State benefits we deserve by making sure that everyone is counted. If you fill out and mail the Form, no one will come to your house.