2010 Census : How is the Information Used?  


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The Census Bureau must count everyone and submit state population totals to the U.S. President by December 31, 2010. It is important to note that all personal information shared during the Census is confidential and protected by federal law. This information is not shared with any other government agency. This includes for the purpose of law enforcement, court orders, tax enforcement or immigration. Families should not fear that this information will be used for any purpose other than to get an accurate count of those residing in the United States.

  • The Census Bureau will mail or deliver questionnaires to your house in March 2010. A second form will be mailed to households that do not respond to the initial questionnaire.
  • Households that still do not respond will be called or visited by a Census worker. (Census workers can be identified by a census badge and bag.)

What Data is Collected? 

The Census asks four general questions about the household: 

  • If the housing unit is owned or rented 
  • Telephone number 
  • How many people live in the residence 
  • If any additional people who lived at the residence on April 1, 2010, were not included 

And for each household member, they ask: 

  • Name 
  • Sex 
  • Age/date of birth 
  • Relationship to the person who owns or rents this residence 
  • Hispanic origin Race 
  • Does this person sometimes live or stay somewhere else