US 2010 Census

In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct the process of counting every resident in the United States. All residents of the U.S. must be counted; this includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, both citizens and non-citizens. The Federal Government is making an intense effort to count all people, particularly those groups that have been tradionally undercounted (homeless, migrants, immigrants, minorities). Language assistance guides in 59 languages have been prepared.

The Census Bureau will mail or deliver questionnaires to every home in America at the beginning of March 2010. It is extremely important that every resident fill out the questionnaire (or request additional assistance to complete the form if needed). April 1, 2010 is National Census Day. It is the official date used as a point of reference for all Census information. Since Arizona and Maricopa County are among the fastest growing regions in the US, the Census will mean greater representation and funding for our communities.

An accurate picture of the community is critical to knowing what kinds of programs are needed, and at what level they need to be funded. For the people of Maricopa County, some of the Census-based federal funding we depend on is:
  Grants to school districts
  Family-support programs like Head Start and WIC grants for women, infants and children
  Housing Assistance
  Community Development Block Grants, which help fund community-based organizations
  Road rehabilitation and construction projects
  Programs for the elderly, and
  Emergency food and shelter programs

The H2O group and the Housing Authority of Maricopa County are committed to a full and accurate Census count. Be counted: It's in our hands!


Basic Information about the Census:
  A count of all people in the US is required by the Constitution (Article 1, Section 2)
  Every 10 years, the Census counts everyone residing in the United States
  The first census was conducted in 1790 and continues to this date
  The Census Bureau of the US Department of Commerce is responsible for the Census
  It is estimated that 1.4 million people will work on gathering information for the 2010 Census
  Census data is used to allocate federal funds and to determine representation in the US Congress
  The Census forms will be sent out in March 2010. The count will begin on April 1, 2010
  A simple standardized questionnaire (sample form here) will be used for all households. It has only 10 questions and takes only a few minutes to fill out.
  Census information is private and confidential. There are severe penalties for misuse or disclosure of individual Census information.
 To find out more information about the 2010 Census, please view the US Census page, found here: