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Friday, April 02, 2010

What the Census is, and is not

Although April 1 - the day officially designated as Census Day - has passed, the Census Bureau will continue to accept 2010 Census questionnaires by mail through mid-April. (2010.census.gov April 1)

Your participation in the Census is important, as the information is used in determining the share of federal funds going to cities, counties and states; voting districts; and more.

For your protection, it's also important to note that the Census:
  • is NOT conducted via Internet, e-mail, or telephone;
  • does NOT ask for your Social Security Number, bank account or credit card number;
  • does NOT ask for money or a donation.
If you have been asked for Census data via email or phone, or if you have been contacted by someone claiming to be collecting Census data who asks for payment or financial information, it is a scam and you should not proceed in providing information.

Census workers go door-to-door starting May 1 to residences where people have not returned their forms. Workers will not enter your home, and they will have official identification.

To find out how to report a questionable Census-related contact you may have received, or to see a copy of the legitimate Census form, visit 2010.census.gov.
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