The rumor mill is churning with different questions that the census questionnaire will ask. In some corners of the www it was downright frightening what the questions might be.
Well, I decided to find out for myself if any of those questions were true. You'll find all the information you need @ United States Census 2010. I'm not a fan of our government so outside of the phone number part, I might not have too much trouble with these questions.
1. How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment or mobile home on April 1, 2010?
Explanation: The Census Bureau asks this question to get an accurate count of the number of people in each household in the United States on a specific date. April 1 is officially Census Day.
2. Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010, that you did not include in Question 1?
Explanation: This question helps the census identify people not included by the person answering Question 1 because someone in the household may not be considered a “permanent” member. For this reason, respondents sometimes fail to identify children, relatives such as in-laws or non-relatives like roommates or nannies and other temporary residents. This “double check” helps the census ensure response accuracy and completeness.
3. Is this house, apartment, or mobile home: owned by you or someone in this household with a mortgage, owned by you or someone in this household free and clear, rented or occupied without payment of rent?
Explanation: The census started asking this question in 1890 as a measure of the economic success of communities. In a sense, it indicates the “American Dream.” Both government and private sector agencies use statistics generated from this question to help determine the quality and nature of housing markets in communities.
4. What is your telephone number?
Explanation: The census asks for telephone numbers in case it needs to contact a respondent when a response is unclear or incomplete. The Census Bureau may call a household to clarify something from the original answers. It should be emphasized, however, that no one from the bureau will call to ask for information that is not covered on the census form.
5. What is the person’s name?
Explanation: The census needs the name of each person in the household to help ensure that all residents are included. In keeping with the Census Bureau’s commitment to confidentiality, however, names and other individual information collected is not made available to anyone for any reason until 72 years after the census.
6. What is the person’s sex?
Explanation: The census has asked the sex or gender of each person since 1790. Government agencies use statistical summaries of data from this question to distribute money for community programs serving the needs of women and men. The statistics also help ensure that public and private institutions follow nondiscrimination laws. Economists, business analysts and academics use the information to analyze social and community trends.
7. What is the person’s age and date of birth?
Explanation: The census started asking this question in 1800. Statistical summaries from the question are used to fund community services for children, working-age adults and senior citizens. The data helps to ensure equal employment and other opportunities related to age groups. The numbers from the age question are essential to forecast and plan into the future for schools, medical facilities, Social Security, retirement and other age-related community needs.
8. Is the person of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?
Explanation: The census has asked this question since 1970 to monitor compliance with nondiscrimination provisions in the Civil Rights Act and to ensure that bilingual voting requirements mandated under the Voting Rights Act are in place. State and local community agencies also use statistical results from the question to help implement bilingual programs and services. Private agencies and businesses use these numbers to serve Hispanic residents better.
9. What is the person’s race?
Explanation: The census has asked respondents to self-identify by race since 1970. Respondents may identify combinations of two or more races. Statistical summaries of the answers are used to ensure political representation of all races in accordance with the Voting Rights Act, and agencies use the numbers to ensure compliance with equal opportunity provisions under the Civil Rights Act.
10. Does the person sometimes live or stay somewhere else?
Explanation: This question helps ensure the accuracy and completeness of the census. It is especially useful to census workers trying to avoid over-counting (counting an individual more than once), while striving to include every person in the count.