Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 Census

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.


  1. I really don't have a problem answering any of their questions, but it really bothered me to get a letter in the mail the other day asking for the occupants of our house to fill out the census form. For how many extra millions of dollars did that cost when this request could have accompanied the census form itself?

  2. Its a tough and expensive process... :(

  3. I am just surprised it's still a paper process.

  4. Great public service, Sandee!

  5. The questions need to be asked. I'm rather concerned about the additional monies being spent on alerting us that it is coming. Those TV commercials were entertaining, but....

  6. great. now all we need is acorn involved. then we'll all be counted perfectly. oh. wait. well us and some dead people and some fictional characters and some animals, but still...

    smiles, bee

  7. Thanks for the great explanation of the questions. I have no problem with those questions. I have to agree though, why a letter ahead of time saying that the census is coming. Guess they don't want people to throw away the actual census letter. Thanks a bunch Sandee. That even looks like something I can do. LOL

  8. I haven't seen a Canadian Census for a while (and I hope I don't see one for a while longer)...don't you guys go giving our guys any ideas!

  9. It all depends on my mood whether I answer the questions or not. Hell, the gov't has access to that info already in various departments.
    On the other hand, if I'm in one of my mean moments I may actully invite somebody to come down and check all of my answers. Who knows what could happen then?

  10. I think it's scary that people have to be reminded, time and again and again, NOT to give out info like SSN's or invite strange people into their homes. A little paranoia is good for you.

  11. The process is time tested, we citizens have to cooperate and be sincere in facts furnishing.

  12. (rolls eyes)

    Surprised they don't ask us about health insurance...

  13. It's funny to me why some people don't want to fill out census information. But I'm into genealogy, and for me census information is like winning the lottery. For example, one of my ancestors who settled Acadia in the 1600's was listed in a census, and I was able to see how many head of cattle he owned, how many fields he'd cultivated and what he'd grown, and that he had a grove of thirty fruit trees.

  14. We just got a letter in the mail the other day saying that the census was on it's way. Now was that really necessary? How much money did they waste on that one?

  15. This will be exciting. I've never filled out a census before. :-)

  16. That's great, Sandee. Thank you. Someone had posted an old one, it is similar but I seem to remember thirteen questions.

    I wonder if it is multiple choice or essay? Is N/A a suitable answer? We'll see.


  17. It was interesting to see the comments. For better or worse the census is as American as Apple Pie. I watched a new TV show on the computer. I watch all my shows on the computer, I don't even need a TV anymore, but anyway. (PS I know Sandee doesn't watch TV) It was about a person looking for her ancestry and find out all about her families history. In many of the segments to find a certain person to help fill in the missing dots was the census. It was awesome to see these paper forms that were used back in the mid 1800's that had people basically filling out many of the same questions as we do today.

  18. Thank GOD! I thought I was going to be ordered to respond to things like "do you have, keep, eat, or know platypus whaleducks", or "does your abode have hot and cold running water", and I would be forced to answer! *Whew*


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