Census 2010

The census is coming! Forms should start arriving in your mailboxes in the next few weeks.  The Census is very important to this project (done a year too early and destined to be done over) and to the town of Randolph.  Randolph lacks representation in almost every conceivable way.  Having the best picture of Randolph’s demographics will be critically important to any efforts aimed at making it a better place.  With that in mind, I am copying some info about the census below.  Please share with your family and friends.

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Basics
Most residential addresses will receive a Census form in the mail between March 15th and 17th. One person at the residence should complete the form and return it in the postage-paid envelope. Households that don’t respond by April 15th will either get called, or the Census will send an employee to their door.

What’s on the form?
The form includes ten questions, you can look at it online. There is no “long form” this census, as it has been replaced by an ongoing survey (ACS).

Who should be counted?

From the official website: “The person filling out the questionnaire should include information about all household members (including him/herself) who live and sleep at the address most of the time. The person should also include people who are staying there on April 1, 2010, who have no permanent place to stay.  The Census Bureau is mandated by the Constitution to count everyone who lives in this country, regardless of immigration or citizenship status.”

What about noncitizens?
They are counted where the live most of the time on April 1.

What about people not registered or eligible to vote?
They are counted where the live most of the time on April 1.

What if my “legal” residence is California (or any other place)?

People should be counted where they are living April 1. The Census has their own definition of residence and it won’t affect tuition, voting, IRS, drivers licenses, etc etc.

What foreign language or telephone assistance is available?
Census forms are in English, except in some areas where bilingual English-Spanish forms are distributed. However, a variety of printed materials as well as hotlines are available for non-english speakers. Here are the numbers:

English 1-866-872-6868
Spanish 1-866-928-2010
Chinese 1-866-935-2010
Korean 1-866-955-2010
Vietnamese 1-866-945-2010
Russian 1-866-965-2010

The phone lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (your local time) seven days a week from February 25, 2010 through July 30, 2010. For the hearing-impaired, TDD 1-866-783-2010 (during the times noted above.)

Prior to April 22, 2010 – An agent can assist you with completing the form, but you must mail back the completed form in the envelope provided with the form. Between April 23-July 30, 2010 – An agent can take your information over the phone.

What about privacy?
Census data is protected by a special federal law, which is said to take precedence over even the PATRIOT Act.

Local Office
All activities in Massachustts will be coordinated through the Census Bureau’s office in downtown Boston:
Boston Regional Census Center (2010 Office)
http://www.census.gov/regions/boston/
One Beacon St., 7th floor
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 223-3700 or 1-866-861-2010
FAX: (617) 223-3675
E-mail: Boston.PDSP@census.gov

The Census 2010 website has lots more information, including an exhaustive FAQ of over 250 questions.

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