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Participating in the 2010 Census is Easy, Safe and Important
Release Date: November 16, 2009

Participating in the 2010 Census is Easy, Safe and Important

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation conducts a census — an effort to count every person living in the United States. The 2010 Census aims to accurately count everyone residing in the U.S., regardless of their age, gender, race, faith, ethnicity, income level, orientation, or immigration status.

The 2010 Census will have one of the shortest census questionnaires in the history of the United States, and should take only a few minutes on average to complete. All answers are protected by Title 13 of the U.S. Code, which strictly forbids the Census Bureau from sharing of any personally identifiable information with any other government or private agency. All Census employees have taken a lifetime oath to uphold this law.

The aim of this historic endeavor is to ensure that every household fills out and mails back a completed census form on or around April 1, 2010. Participation is critical, as the results determine how representation in Congress is apportioned and how more than $400 billion in federal funds will be distributed annually to states and communities through the next decade. The results will impact local families’ quality of life in numerous ways, ranging from economic and educational investment decisions to social and health services, and from job training to language assistance programs.

One of the key strategies is to partner with community-based organizations of all types, ranging from social service organizations to cultural and religious groups, businesses to educational institutions, and media to elected officials. Together, Census partners are raising awareness and promoting participation in the upcoming census.

For more information about partnering with the 2010 Census, contact the NY Regional Census Office at (212) 356-3100, and ask to speak with Adela Dalto, Partnership staff member for Sussex County. The Sussex County Planning Division is also working with other County agencies to promote a complete count of Sussex County residents. More information can be found at www.census.gov.

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