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A Message From Charlottesville Mayor David Norris:
"As the first official chief administrator of a census, our wise Mr. Jefferson once said to James Madison... "What is true of every member of the society individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals."
It is a simple but poignant statement that leads this year’s initiative – WE ALL COUNT. I count, you count, and all our neighbors of this growingly diverse community count and need to be counted.
The snapshot of this Census will live on way beyond April 1st and guide decisions for the next ten years. The results of this count will determine funding for vital services as well as redistricting for communities across the state and the country. The facts gathered in this census also help shape decisions for the rest of the decade about public health, neighborhood improvements, affordable housing, transportation, education, senior services and much more.
So it is up to all of us to be the messengers to the entire community that the Census is coming and it is important. It is a quick, secure, and confidential way to ensure a more vibrant community where we all truly count."
WHAT IS THE U.S. CENSUS?
The United States Constitution mandates a census every ten years to determine how many seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Census Bureau, with oversight from Congress, is responsible for planning and conducting the census, and reporting the results.
WHO GETS COUNTED?
Every person residing in the United States on Census Day, April 1, should be counted. A person does not have to be a U.S. citizen to be counted.
WHERE ARE PEOPLE COUNTED?
People are counted in their place of usual residence, that is, where they spend most of their time during the year. The census counts:
- People staying at campgrounds, fairs and carnivals, marinas, emergency shelters, soup kitchens, and mobile food vans
- People living on military installations and on military ships
- Military personnel and federal civilian government employees, and their dependents, who are stationed overseas
- People living in special places or group quarters, including university and college dormitories and fraternity and sorority houses, nursing homes and other long-term care nursing facilities, correctional institutions, juvenile institutions, group homes and halfway houses, religious facilities, and agriculture or other worker facilities.
WHAT ARE THE QUESTIONS?
Every question on the census form is either required by law in order to manage or evaluate federal programs, or needed to meet federal case law requirements.
The 2010 census will consist of one census form, the short form, which asks six population questions and one housing question. The long form has been replaced by the American Community Survey, a continuous survey that reports data once a year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THE 2010 CENSUS WEBSITE... THANK YOU!