It’s Census 2010 time! And it’s important that everyone respond by April 1. For every uncounted person, communities lose out on federal funding and services. It’s estimated that my region will lose about $1,600 annually for each person missed. Over the next 10 years, that’s $16,000 for every person missed. Ouch!
The Census Bureau has lots of resources to help community organizations remind people to respond.
- Easy to use toolkits of resources, brochures and graphics to help reach a variety of groups.
- My favorite toolkit is Dora the Explorer! There are lots more buttons with easy to copy html code included in the various toolkits.
- Logos for brochures and web sites.
- Lesson Plans and activities for schools
- Short, embeddable PSA’s on YouTube
In the 2010 Census, every household is receiving the Short Form (PDF) – only 10 questions to fill out. The long form that used to be mailed to approximately 1 in 6 households has been eliminated and replaced with the ongoing American Community Survey. The ACS form (PDF) is mailed to around 250,000 households per month, producing a sample of 1 in 40 over a year’s time and providing much a more up to date profile of our population.
Some households will receive both the 2010 Census Short Form AND the ACS form this month, they do have to fill out both. (ACS and the 2010 Census)
And for your inner Census geek, here’s the 2010 Data Product Release Schedule.