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US Census 2010
What is the Census?
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The US Census is a count of all residents of the country.  The count will include people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non citizens.  Census data results will guide critical decisions on federal, state, and local levels which means that that achieving a complete and accurate count is essential.

When is the Census?
Census Day is April 1, 2010

How will the Census count residents?
Census questionnaires will be mailed to every residence address in March of 2010.  Questions should be answered based on persons living at the address as of April 1, 2010.  Residents will complete the questions and then mail back responses to the US Census Bureau.  Questionnaires and phone assistance will be made available in several languages.  Questionnaire Assistance Centers will be set up in various locations throughout King County. Click here for a list of Questionnaire Assistance Centers in the Burien Area.

What questions will be asked?
The 2010 Census will ask ten questions and take only a few minutes to complete and mail back.  Information will be gathered regarding name, gender, age, race, ethnicity and relationship to householder and whether the householder owns or rents their home.

Will responses be confidential?
By law, the Census Bureau and its employees can not share any collected information with anyone, including welfare, immigration, law enforcement agencies or marketers.

Are there local efforts to raise awareness about the importance of the 2010 Census and encourage participation by all residents?
The City of Burien is working with the King County Complete Count Committee which is a volunteer group established by local governments and community leaders to raise awareness about the upcoming census and spearhead efforts to encourage a high rate of response in the local community particularly from hard to reach populations.

Why is the Census important to Burien and surrounding communities?
  • Every year the federal government distributes more than $400 billion (over $1300 per person) to state and local governments based on census data.  Accurate data can ensure local communities get their share of federal funds for schools, housing assistance and rehabilitation loans, roads and bridges, public transportation, public safety, hospitals, other community needs.
  • Local population data is also used by the State government as a basis for distributing shared revenue streams such as sales taxes and gasoline taxes.
  • Census data will determine how many seats each state will have in the US House of Representatives and the shape of new congressional districts. Local City Council and County Commissioner districts may be redrawn based on decennial census data.
  • Census data about patterns of growth is used to help decision makers in local planning efforts - including determining where new parks and recreational programs are needed, forecasting future transportation, housing and school needs, making sure adequate public safety staff are allocated.
  • Census data is used by local Chambers of Commerce to provide statistical profiles to potential business recruits.
  • Private businesses use census data to help locate sites for new grocery stores, pharmacies, distribution centers, entertainment and recreational venues, etc.
  • In general a complete census count of all residents where they live can help support a community's improved quality of life.

Will there be temporary local employment opportunities created to support the Census?
The 2010 Census will create hundreds of jobs in the area to help with providing an accurate count.  More information about available positions and how to apply can be found at Census 2010 Jobs.

About Census 2010
The United States began conducting a decennial census of population and housing in 1790. Once again in 2010, the US census will be undertaken nationwide. Residents of Raleigh and surrounding communities will have much to gain by participating and being counted. The US Constitution requires that a census be taken every ten years. The 2010 Census is short, safe, and an investment in every community's future.

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