Mar 22 2010
It’s census time again, and I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you about the census. You probably already received your census form in the mail. It is sent to every address in the country. Every ten years, we count the number of people who are living in the United States. This count of people has been going on since the very first count in 1790. In fact, the census is part of the Constitution.
If you fill out the census form and send it back, no one will call on you. However, if you ignore the form, someone will come to your house to help you fill it out. You have to count everyone who is living in your house/flat/apartment, every age from just born to over 100. It is very important for the city of San Francisco and the state of California to have an accurate count. The amount of money that is sent to the state and the city for a lot of services depends on the number of people who live here. In addition, the House of Representatives is divided up according to population. Every ten years some states which have lost population, lose seats, and some states which have gained population, gain seats.
The main information that you need to put on the form is the name, age, sex, and race of everyone living in your household. There is also a question about whether you own or rent your living space.
It is very very important to fill out and return the form. If you want some more information, you can even go to the government 2010 Census page and select your own language to read about the census.
Have you already gotten the census forms? Did you fill them out and send them in yet? Is there a similar kind of census in your country?