The University of Kentucky is proud to announce its partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and the city of Lexington to achieve a complete and accurate count of the U.S. population in 2010. The partnership is part of a larger effort by the Census Bureau to increase participation in the 2010 Census.
The partnership will involve sharing information about the census at UK and encouraging students, faculty and staff to complete and return their 2010 Census forms.
Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to state, local and tribal governments based on census data. Leaders use these data to guide planning decisions on where to build new schools, roads, hospitals, child-care and senior centers and more. Data also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and affect college and university grant and loan programs.
Therefore, the University of Kentucky understands the impact this initiative will have on our community and is committed to promoting and encouraging our students, faculty and staff to participate.
For more information, visit U.S. Census at http://www.census.gov/
The Census: A Snapshot
What: A count of everyone in the United States
Who: Everyone in the United States must be counted – both citizens and noncitizens.
When: 2010 Census forms will be mailed or delivered in March 2010 to students living off campus and April – May 2010 to students living in on-campus housing.
Why: The U.S. Constitution requires a national census every 10 years to count the population and determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
How: College and university students should complete and return their census form upon receipt.
A Complete Count: The Importance of Census Data
The census helps employers understand where the next generation of workers is coming from, which will influence recruitment efforts.
Scientific research depends on census data. College and university students and faculty use census information for reports, statistical profiles and other research projects.
Census data affect college and university tuition grant and loan programs.
Census figures help establish fair-market rents and enforce fair lending practices.
Easy, Important and Confidential
Easy: The 2010 Census form is the shortest in history. It takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Important: Census information helps determine school grant and loan programs, locations for new schools, roads and hospitals, and provides important data for research conducted by students and faculty.
Confidential: By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data.
Did you know?
The first census took place in 1790 to determine the number of seats each state would have in the U.S. House of Representatives. The census also was created to gain a better understanding of where people lived and to establish patterns of settlement as the nation grew.
About the Census Bureau
The Census Bureau was established in 1902. Today, in addition to administering the census of population and housing, the Census Bureau conducts more than 200 annual surveys, including the American Community Survey, the Current Population Survey and economic censuses every five years.