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.
3. What should I do after I get the form?
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 www.census.gov/acs.
Issued July 2009
U.S. Department of Commerce
Economics and Statistics Administration
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
6. How are census data used?
Census data determine the number of sea