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2010 Census

“Take 10” and Help Wausau Get What it Needs for the Next 10 Years

In March 2010, more than 130 million addresses received a 2010 Census form by mail or hand delivery. The 2010 Census will document the changes in our nation since the last decennial census in 2000, and tell us how we’ve evolved as a country. Because census data affect how more than $400 billion in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local governments, the census also will frame the future of our country and our community for the next 10 years.

During Census 2000, the mail participation rate was 72 percent as of the April 2000 cut-off. About $85 million is saved for every one percent increase in mail participation. For these and many other reasons, we must work to encourage everyone’s participation in the census.

Here’s what you should know about the 2010 Census:

It’s easy. One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. The individual in whose name the housing unit is rented or owned should complete the form on behalf of every person living there, both relatives and nonrelatives.

It’s important. Census data are used to reapportion seats in Congress and ensure proper district representation in state and local governments. Information from the census helps determine locations for child-care and senior centers, new roads, hospitals, schools and community centers.

It’s safe. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

Finally, the most efficient way to respond to the 2010 Census is to complete the form as soon as it arrives and return it in the postage-paid return envelope. Census workers will visit households that do not return forms to take the count in person.

Didn’t get a 2010 Census form? It’s not too late to be counted!! You can call the Questionnaire Assistance line at 1-866-872-6868 and give your answers over the phone. Don’t be left out of the count for your community.

Census workers will be in the field from May 1 through July 10 conducting interviews with addresses from which a form was not received. They will visit up to six times, each time leaving a door hanger with a phone number on it that you can call to schedule a visit to be counted.

How Do I Identify A Census Worker? All census workers carry official government badges marked with just their name. You also may ask them for a picture ID from another source to confirm their identity. In addition, some census workers might carry a ’U. S. Census Workers’ bag. If you still are not certain about their identity, please call the Regional Census Center (312-454-2700) to confirm that they are employed by the Census Bureau.

For more information about the 2010 Census and the “Take 10” initiative, visit 2010census.gov.
You can also view the "Take 10 Map" to see 2010 Census Participation Rates.

This bulletin will be updated as new information is made available.

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