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Census forms for students arrive in April and May

February 24, 2010

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In April and May, census forms will be distributed to students living on campus. The census seeks to count individuals where they reside AT THE TIME OF THE CENSUS. That means students should list their residence hall as their residence for the purpose of the census, not their parents' residence.

The U.S. Constitution requires a national census be conducted once every 10 years. Everyone in the United States must be counted - citizens and noncitizens. Accurate census data help public colleges and universities secure funding.

Data will show state population counts, determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the redistricting of state legislatures and local voting districts.

Census data guide the annual distribution of more than $400 billion each year for things like: hospitals, job-training centers, schools, senior centers, emergency services, bridges, tunnels and other public works projects. Census data also give researchers up-to-date statistical profiles of the general population.

Census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. The form consists of just 10 short questions that take less than 10 minutes to answer. It comes with a postage-paid envelope in which to return the answers.

For more information on the census, visit: