Date: March 3, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau takes a count of the population. Every resident receives a census form to fill out. This year the form is the shortest in the history of the census. It consists of ten questions and takes about ten minutes to complete. So please “Take 10 for the Census!”
Dorothy Ormes, the NMSU Library’s Documents and Maps Librarian, said that if each person reports back and gives accurate information, the local community is represented in the nationwide count. This is important to you as a New Mexico resident because the provision of social services is based on the number of people counted in the U.S. Census. Ormes asked that residents watch for these forms in the mail starting on March 15 and take the time to stand up and be counted.
Here are some important things that the Census Bureau would like you to keep in mind as you fill out your census form:
- Census data are used to reapportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and for the subsequent redistricting of state and local governments.
- Census data help to determine how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state and local governments for important social services that affect local communities like ours.
- Census data can help fund services for people in poverty, establish facilities for people with disabilities, determine locations for hospitals and senior centers, and forecast transportation needs such as new roads and public transit options.
Be sure to mail back your form by April 15. Remember:
- Everyone in the United States must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups-citizens and noncitizens.
- Be sure to include everyone who will be living at your address on April 1, 2010.
- People are counted based on the residence where they live or sleep most of the time.
- If you are the main owner or renter, you should complete the form on behalf of every person living in the residence, both relatives and nonrelatives.
- If the census bureau does not receive a form from your household, a census worker will be sent out to check in with you.
If you have questions about the U.S. Census, please visit http://2010.census.gov/2010census. This Web site will give you updated information on how the census count is going and what it can do to help the future and well-being of your New Mexico community.
The NMSU Library’s Government Documents and Maps Unit in Branson Library can also answer your questions. Call the Documents staff at (575) 646-5791 or (575) 646-4385.