TAVARES — Next week, residents of Lake County will begin to receive 2010 U.S. Census questionnaires in the mail.
The Lake County Complete Count Committee urges residents to fill out the 10-question form and return it by Census Day on April 1. The shortest census questionnaire in U.S. history, the 2010 census takes only 10 minutes to complete and provides critical demographic information that will determine:
- How the federal government allocates more than $400 billion to states and communities for services
- Locations for retail stores, school, hospitals, new housing developments and other community facilities
- The number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives
- Boundaries for state and local legislative and congressional districts
Mandated by the U.S. Constitution every 10 years, the census is a count of everyone living in the United States, including both citizens and non-citizens. The census will not ask for private information, such as social security numbers or bank information. Instead, it will ask for demographic information, including: whether your housing unit is rented or owned; the address of the residence; and the names, genders, ages and races of others living in the house.
The census is fast, easy and confidential. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share your responses to the questionnaire with anyone, including other federal agencies or law enforcement entities.
The Lake County Complete Count Committee has been working since January 2009 to inform the community about the upcoming census. Members of the committee represent a host of organizations, including churches, community groups, local governments and schools. The Committee works in close partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to leverage federal resources at the local level to coordinate outreach efforts in the most effective way possible.
For more information about the 2010 U.S. Census, log on to http://census.lakecountyfl.gov or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.