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7 Things To Keep In Mind During The 2010 U.S. Census
Thursday, January 21, 2010 3:39 PM

1. Do not give your social security number, banking information, credit card information, etc to anyone who comes to your door. Census takers have no need to ask for this information and should not be asking you to provide it for their records.

2. Do not invite anyone you do not know into your home. There is no need for these workers to come in, they are just collecting basic information. The information they need can easily be collected at your door.

3. Do not respond to any emails claiming to be from the U.S. Census Bureau. This is a prime opportunity for email hackers to start an online scam, so please only respond to mail, phone calls or "door knockers."

4. Do not give any donations. These workers are not coming to your home to collect money, only information.


Here is what you can do:

5. Realize that these workers will have a badge, handheld device, canvas bag provided by the Census Bureau and confidentiality notice.

6. Cooperate with these workers by answering basic questions about those who live in your home.

7. Go to http://2010.census.gov/2010census/ for more info and a preview of the form being mailed.

Background

The U.S. Census is taken as a requirement of the Constitution and must take place every 10 years. The data collected helps determine which communities need federal funding for public services like hospitals and schools, among many others. It is also used to help determine how many seats your state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Expect your residential census form to arrive in March 2010. It will include 10 brief questions that need to be answered and mailed back in a postage paid envelope. Those who do not mail the form back in a timely manner, might be visited by a census taker. At this time, the census can not be taken online, so the form must be completed.

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