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It's Important to Complete the Census
It brings money to your community for the services you need. Because funding is distributed to cities and towns based on population, when you complete your census questionnaire you ensure that thousands of your tax dollars are returned to your community in critical services for you and your family. These services can range from safety and health programs to parks and transportation facilitiesóprograms that improve your life.
Your answers alone can mean the difference of thousands of dollars to your community over the next 10 years. Multiply that by your neighborsí responses, and that means millions in these tough times!
Itís Safe to Complete the Census
Donít be afraid to be counted, even if you are not a documented resident. Census forms are completely confidential and cannot be shared with anyone, including welfare and immigration agencies. No court of law, not even the President of the United States, can access your individual responses. Census workers are highly motivated to protect your answers Ė they are subject to a $250,000 fine and/or a five-year prison term for disclosing any information that could identify a respondent or household.
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It's Easy to Complete the Census - Ten Questions, Ten Minutes, Every Ten Years
The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years. Census forms will be mailed to every household in March 2010 and Census Day is April 1, 2010. In Long Beach, more than 180,000 housing units will receive the Census! The brief questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete, and asks for the name, gender, age, race, ethnicity and relationship to the householder, and whether the householder owns or rents their home. You should fill out your census form wherever you are on the day you receive it, regardless of where you live at other times of the year.
What happens if I donít complete my 2010 Census form?
Getting an accurate count of the people is so important that, if you donít return the questionnaire, a Census representative will contact you by phone or visit your home as many as six times seeking your answers. If you still donít respond, your neighbors may be asked about the people residing in your home.†
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