State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, is encouraging residents to
complete and return their U.S. Census forms.
By law, everyone
in the United States must be counted every 10 years. “I encourage every
household in Indiana to participate in the census,” Tallian said. “It’s
important for every Hoosier to be counted and for our communities to be
Census data is
used to reapportion congressional seats to states and directly affects how
more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state
and local governments to help in community-building projects, like schools,
hospitals, senior centers, emergency services and public works projects.
The census data
also helps forecast economic and population trends, plan rural and urban
land development, locate areas eligible for federal housing assistance and
rehabilitation loans, and help local communities attract new businesses.
The 2010 Census
is the 23rd time the country has undertaken the count, which dates back to
1790. This year’s form is one of the shortest census questionnaires in
history and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, responding by mail is the easiest way to complete the
census. It also saves taxpayer money when door-to-door surveys are not
necessary. The cost is 42 cents for postage when a census form is returned
by mail, compared to $57 when a census taker is sent in person, according to
a Tallian press release.
By law, the U.S.
Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other
federal agencies and law enforcement entities.
Census forms do
not ask for Social Security numbers, bank accounts or other personal
information. Inappropriate requests for this information should be reported
to the Census Bureau at 1-800-865-6384.
information on the 2010 Census, visit