All about Census 2010


(Para leer la versión española ir a Noticias Relacionadas)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Q. Who should fill out the census questionnaire?

A. The individual in whose name the housing unit is owned

or rented should complete the questionnaire on behalf of

every person living in the residence, including relatives and


2. Q. How will the 2010 Census differ from previous censuses?

A. In 2010, every residence will receive a short questionnaire

of just 10 questions. More detailed socioeconomic information

previously collected through the decennial census will be asked

of a small percentage of the population through the annual

American Community Survey. To learn more about the American

Community Survey, visit

3. Q. How are census data used?

A. Census data determine the number of seats each state will

have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Census data also can

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.

4. Q. What kind of assistance is available to help people

complete the questionnaire?

A. 2010 Census questionnaire language assistance guides are

available in a variety of languages. Questionnaire Assistance

Centers (QAC) will also assist those unable to read or understand

the questionnaire. Large-print questionnaires are available to

the visually impaired upon request, and 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.

5. Q. How does the Census Bureau count people without a

permanent residence?

A. 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 by

natural disasters.

2010 Census Key Dates

February – March 2010

Census questionnaires are mailed or delivered to households.

March – April 2010 Be Counted program is implemented. Census

questionnaires are available at select public sites for individuals who did not receive one by mail.

April 1, 2010

Census Day

May – July 2010

Census takers visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail.

Dec. 31, 2010

By law, the Census Bureau delivers population counts to the President.

March 2011

By law, the Census Bureau completes delivery of redistricting data to states.