The Census: A Snapshot
- What: The Census is a count of everyone residing in the United States
- Who: All U.S. residents must be counted - both citizens and non-citizens
- Why: The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once 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: Households should compete and mail back their questionnaires upon receipt. Households that do not respond may receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census takers will visit households that do not return questionnaires to take a count in person.
- When: You will receive your questionnaire in March 2010 either by U.S. Mail or hand delivery. Some people in remote areas will be counted in person.
For more information about the 2010 Census, download the Census 2010 Informational Brochure or go to: