FCPS encourages participation in 2010 census

Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Monday, March 15, 2010

By participating in the federal government’s 2010 census, Fayette County residents will play a role in funding for school lunches, public transportation, road construction, emergency response maps and job programs, among other areas.

Every year, the government sets aside hundreds of billions of dollars for states and cities based, in part, on census data. The numbers are also used to plan for new schools, housing, stores, hospitals and other facilities.

The U.S. Census Bureau created an educational program called “It’s About Us” to provide printed and Web-based resources on the importance of the census; the hope is that students will encourage their families to take part in the April 1 count. Fayette County Public Schools also is sending home fliers and broadcasting clips on Channel 13 and in-school news shows.

The U.S. Constitution requires a national census every 10 years to count the population and determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Census information also decides the boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts.

This year, there are only 10 questions on the one-page census forms, which are hitting mailboxes in mid-March. The goal is to count all U.S. residents – citizens and noncitizens. Residents’ answers and household details are confidential and used only by the Census Bureau.

Households are asked to provide demographic information such as whether the home is rented or owned, the address, and the names, genders, ages and races of everyone who lives there. The questionnaire responses should reflect the household status on April 1, which is designated as Census Day.



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