University of Kentucky - 2010 Census

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Would life in our community be better if:

You had access to new hospitals and senior centers or enhanced health care services for ill or aging family members?
Your children could learn in new or improved schools or child-care centers?
Your commute to work were safer and less congested thanks to better roads or expanded public transportation options?
Your local emergency services providers had up-to-date maps to ensure faster response in a crisis?
Your local markets could better deliver goods and services to your community?
Your local businesses could use census data to determine recruitment efforts, to locate retail stores, new housing and other facilities.

The 2010 Census will be a snapshot of our nation’s population – capturing our changing and diverse America in a fleeting moment in time. But this historic event will do more than tell us who we are as a nation today. It will affect

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Your community’s future.
Your country’s future. Your future.


Frequently Asked Questions (Faculty and Staff)

1. Who should fill out the census questionnaire?
The individual in whose name the housing unit is owned or rented should complete the questionnaire on behalf of every person living in the residence, including relatives and non-relatives.

2. How will the 2010 Census differ from previous censuses?
In 2010, every residence will receive a short questionnaire of just 10 questions. More detailed socioeconomic information previously collected through the decennial census will be asked of a small percentage of the population through the annual American Community Survey. To learn more about the American Community Survey, visit Census Bureau Home Page.

3. How are census data used?
Census data determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. Census data also can help determine the allocation of federal funds for community services, such as school lunch programs and senior citizen centers, and new construction, such as highways and hospitals.

4. What kind of assistance is available to help people complete the questionnaire?
2010 Census questionnaire language assistance guides are available in a variety of languages. Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QAC) will also assist those unable to read or understand the questionnaire. Large-print questionnaires are available to the visually impaired upon request, and a Teletext Device for the Deaf (TDD) program will help the hearing impaired. Contact your Regional Census Center for more details about the types of assistance available and for QAC locations.

5. How does the Census Bureau count people without a permanent residence?
Census Bureau workers undertake extensive operations to take in-person counts of people living in group quarters, such as college dormitories, military barracks, nursing homes and shelters, as well as those who have been displaced by natural disasters.