US Census 2010 Questions You are Legally Required to Answer

If you have questions regarding what you are legally required to answer as part of the US Census of 2010, or about how to complete the census, these answers from the Census department should help.

1. When will the census forms be delivered?
The form package, which will consist of the initial form, a cover letter and a
return envelope, will be delivered between March 15 and March 17, 2010, in
areas where the United States Postal Service delivers the census forms for the
Census Bureau. Census Bureau workers will deliver forms between March 1
and April 30, 2010, in all other areas.
2. Who should fill out the census form?
The head of household should complete the form on behalf of every person
living in the residence on April 1, 2010, including relatives and non-relatives.
The person filling out the form should include information about all household
members (including himself/herself and infants) who live and sleep at the
address most of the time. The person also should include people who are
staying there on April 1, 2010, who have no permanent place to stay. The
Census Bureau is required by the U.S. Constitution to count everyone living in
this country, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.
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Fill out the form in blue or black ink and mail it back in the enclosed, postage-
paid envelope as soon as possible.
4. What if I lost my return envelope?
If your postage-paid envelope is lost or missing from your package, mail your
completed form to:
U.S. Census Bureau
National Processing Center
1201 East 10th Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47132
5. How will the 2010 Census differ from previous censuses?
In 2010, every residence will receive a short form of just 10 questions.
More detailed socioeconomic information previously collected through
the decennial census will be asked annually of a small percentage of the
population through the American Community Survey. To learn more about
the American Community Survey, visit

6. How are census data used?
Census data determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S.
House of Representatives. Census data also help determine the allocation of
federal funds for community services, such as school lunch programs and
senior citizen centers, and new construction, such as highways and hospitals.
Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to local,
state and tribal governments based on census data.
7. How does the Census Bureau count people without a permanent residence?
Census Bureau workers undertake extensive operations to take in-person
counts of people living in group quarters, such as college dormitories, military
barracks, nursing homes and shelters, as well as those who have been displaced
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8. How long will it take to complete the form?
One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10
questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
9. What questions are asked on the 2010 Census form?
Four general questions are asked 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, we ask:
Age and date of birth
Relationship to the person who owns or rents this residence
Whether this person is of Hispanic origin
If this person sometimes lives or stays elsewhere

10. Do I have to respond to the 2010 Census?
Yes, your participation in the 2010 Census is vital and required by law. Title
13 section 221 of the United States Code requires your response. Title 13 also
requires that the Census Bureau keep respondents’ answers confidential and
uses them only for tabulations that do not reveal any personal data about
individuals or households.
11. What happens if I don’t respond?
Although the law makes it a crime not to answer the decennial census, the
American Community Survey and other mandatory censuses, and authorizes
the courts to impose a fine of up to $5,000 for failure to respond, the Census
Bureau views this approach as a last resort. Rather than emphasizing or
seeking the imposition of penalties, we encourage response by explaining
the importance of the questions we ask and how the information benefits
the community.
12. Can I get paid to complete this form?
No, your participation is required by law.
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Households should complete and mail back their forms upon receipt. Ideally,
all forms will be returned by Census Day on April 1, 2010. Census workers will
visit households that do not return forms to take a count in person.
14. Can I respond on the Internet?
No, this option is not available. Please complete and mail back your census
form so we can get a complete and accurate count in 2010.
15. What type of assistance is available to help people complete the form?
2010 Census form language assistance guides are available in at least 59
languages. Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) also will assist those
unable to read or understand the form. A Teletext Device for the Deaf (TDD)
program will help the hearing impaired. Contact your Regional Census Center
for more details about the types of assistance available and for QAC locations.
16. Why do you want our names?
We request names for the following reasons:
To help ensure people are not counted twice in the census.
To help eliminate simple errors like counting “Mary Jones” as a male.


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Some people need this information to qualify for Social Security benefits,
to obtain passports and to have official proof for other purposes.
Although names are requested, the Census Bureau treats names the same
as other census information provided — it is protected by law and strictly
confidential. Information collected is used for statistical purposes only; the
Census Bureau cannot publish or release information that would identify you
or your household.
17. Why do you need my telephone number?
We may need to clarify your form responses. If we have a telephone number,
we may be able to do this without having to send a census worker to your
home. Your telephone number is kept confidential, as are all your responses.
18. Why does the Census Bureau ask about race and Hispanic origin?
The Census Bureau collects race data in accordance with guidelines provided
by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and these data are based on
self-identification. The racial categories included in the census form generally
reflect a social definition of race recognized in this country, and are not an
attempt to define race biologically, anthropologically or genetically. In addition,
it is recognized that the categories of the race item include racial and national
origin or socio-cultural groups. People may choose to report more than one
race to indicate their racial mixture, such as “American Indian and White.”
People who identify their origin as Hispanic, Latino or Spanish may be of any
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both racial and national origin or socio-cultural groups. You may choose more
than one race category.
Information on race is required for many federal programs and is critical in
making policy decisions, particularly for civil rights. States use these data to
meet legislative redistricting principles. Race data also are used to promote
equal employment opportunities and to assess racial disparities in health and
environmental risks.
19. Why doesn’t the race question include more categories?
The race categories are those that are approved for data collection purposes
by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. For more information, visit the
Office of Management and Budget Web site at:

20. Why does the census form have room for only six people?
The Census Bureau decided to use a six-person form for the 2010 Census
based on extensive research that indicated that most households contain six
or fewer people. Given the small number of households with seven or more
people, it is less expensive for the Census Bureau to follow up with those
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21. Do we count Americans living abroad?
Yes, in some cases. The 2010 Census counts will include federal employees
(military and civilian) and their dependents living overseas with them that can
be assigned to a home state.
These data are provided to the Census Bureau by the employing federal
departments and agencies through their administrative records. However,
private U.S. citizens living abroad who are not affiliated with the federal
government (either as employees or their dependents) will not be
included in the overseas counts. These overseas counts are used solely for
reapportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
22. What if this address is not a residence or home?
If there is an apartment, mobile home, room or group of rooms where people
live or stay at this address, then a household member who is at least 15 years
of age can fill out and return the form by mail in the postage-paid envelope
provided. If the address is nonresidential or if people do not live or stay at
that address, then do not complete the form. A census worker will visit the
address to verify that it is nonresidential and remove the address from the
master address list. If you receive additional letters or forms in the mail, simply
ignore them.
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If the housing unit is vacant on Census Day, then do not complete the
form. A census worker will visit the address and collect information from a
knowledgeable respondent on the status of the unit. If you receive additional
letters or forms in the mail, simply ignore them.
24. We are all visitors at this address. Should we fill out the form?
No, include only those people who live or stay there most of the time. But
if you have no other permanent place to stay, you should fill out the form. If
no one lives there most of the time, then enter a zero in question one for the
number of people. Do not mark any other items. Please return the form in the
enclosed postage-paid envelope.

25. I returned my completed form but a census worker still visited my
home. Why?
We may not have received your form in time to update the census worker’s
assignment, or your form may have been delayed or lost in the mail. When
this happens, we instruct the census worker to collect your information
anyway to remove the risk of not receiving your information.
26. But won’t I get counted twice that way?
No, the Census Bureau has procedures to eliminate duplicate forms. There is
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counting you more than once.
27. Why was I visited multiple times?
Quality checks are used to assure our procedures are working and that staff
is doing the job as assigned. These checks require that some households be
visited several times.
28. Do I fill out the form if I’m moving out before April 1, 2010, or if the unit
will be vacant on April 1, 2010?
No, please do not complete the form. The census counts people where they
live on April 1, 2010; look for a form to be delivered to your new address.
29. Why don’t you collect the information on the housing unit when you
update the address list?
The household information reported must pertain to Census Day, which is
April 1, 2010. The address updating operation takes place April 2009 through
July 2009, to leave time for processing, updating our address list and mailing
the forms.
30. Why did I receive a bilingual form?
We are providing this form in areas where census data suggest there are
many Spanish speakers who could benefit from receiving a form in Spanish as
well as English. We believe this will help respondents complete the form with
limited assistance from the Census Bureau.
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If the error is in a write-in box, carefully draw a line through the incorrect
entry and write the correct information as close as possible to the entry you
lined through. This way, the person who reviews your form will know what you
intended. If you checked the wrong box, just draw a line through it and mark
the correct box for the question

32. Is information shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
the Internal Revenue Service, courts or the police?
No, individual census records are not shared with anyone, including government
agencies or private organizations. It is against the law for the Census Bureau
to give personally identifiable information about an individual to any other
individual or agency until 72 years after it is collected for the decennial census.
After 72 years, the individual census records are sent to the National Archives
where they are made public primarily for genealogical research.
33. What are “Be Counted” forms?
Be Counted forms are census forms that are available at various community
locations for use by people who either did not receive a census form in the
mail or who believe they were not otherwise included on any other census
form. Be Counted forms will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean,
Vietnamese and Russian. The form should be picked up and mailed back in the
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May 1, 2010.
34. Why does the Census Bureau send out so many mailings?
We find that this is cost effective overall. Getting households to return their
form on time is the key factor for conducting a successful census. When
people do not return their forms by mail, we must send a census worker to
their household to obtain their answers. Many times this requires multiple visits,
which can be very expensive.
The Census Bureau estimates for each percentage point of the population
that does not return a form during the 2010 Census, it will cost approximately
$80-90 million to have census workers make personal visits to obtain the
missing information. Conversely, if the mail-return rate increases, then the non-
response follow-up workload will decrease, reducing the cost of the census
by approximately $80-90 million for each percentage point of reduction.
On the other hand, if the mail-return rate decreases, then the non-response
follow-up workload will increase, costing an additional $80-90 million for each
percentage point of increase.
Our “multiple contact” mailing strategy was developed to get the highest mail-
return rate possible. Our studies have shown that mailing a letter telling you
that a form is on the way and, after the forms have been mailed out, sending
a postcard reminding you to respond increases the mail-return rate. We have
found that the second mailing, or replacement mailing, increases the rate of
mail return by about 7 percent to 10 percent and eliminates the need to send
census workers to many homes, thereby saving millions of taxpayer dollars.