Taking an accurate count of the U.S. population serves a number of different purposes. First, census information affects the number of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. Secondly, it helps different organizations advocate for causes, prevent diseases, research markets, provide insights that help make decisions regarding public works and infrastructure projects – and much more.
Whether you answer the census by mail, phone or in person, be sure to be cooperative, but cautious – in order to protect yourself and your identity. Census gathers information about every person living at each address – including name, age, gender, race and other relevant data. If a U.S. Census worker comes to your home, they will have a badge, Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. A Census Bureau representative will never, under any circumstances, ask to enter your home. The Census Bureau will not ask for your Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers – nor will employees solicit donations.
To learn more about the 2010 Census and read the confidentiality and privacy notices, please visit: http://2010.census.gov