Indiana State Library Hosts Q&A on the 2010 Census

The 2010 Census this Thursday, February 18 at the Indiana State Library offers a look at the ins-and-outs of the United States Census. From 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Indiana State Library’s History Reference Room, everything you ever wanted to know about the 2010 Census will be revealed. Come with questions to this FREE Indianapolis event!

What is the Census? This crazy counting of the American public happens only once every ten years, but is perhaps the single most important part of the American governmental process. The Census counts of every resident in the United States and is required by the Constitution to take place every ten years.

The data retrieved by the United States government not only determines the number of each state’s seat in the United States House of Representatives, but also determines funding for various public projects in American communities.These include funding for hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, emergency services, bridges, tunnels, roads and any other public works projects. More than $400 billion dollars of federal funding are at stake to help make the future of America bright!

How does the Census work? In March of 2010, every household will receive a census form. When your house receives your census form, simply answer ten short questions based on the Indianapolis people living there. Then mail the survey back in a provided postage paid envelope. If you don’t mail your form back, expect a knock on your door from any of the thousands of newly employed census takers across the United States. They will ask you the questions on the form to include with your community’s data.

What happens with my Census info? The United States government is required to protect your confidentiality under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Your census answers are used to produce statistics and cannot be used against you by any government agency or the court. Even census takers, the ones who go from door to door if you forget, take an oath of nondisclosure in which they swear for life to protect the data’s confidentiality. A violation of this oath results in a $250,000 fine or five years in prison.

The census is an extremely exciting event in the United States. More rare than the Olympic games, the United States census helps to determine the nature of the American political system for the next decade. If you are a proud citizen of the United States of America, who values personal right to freedom and to be represented equally and fairly by your government, do your part! Complete and return the 2010 Census!

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Still have questions. Not to worries. Head to the Indiana State Library Thursday, February 18, where Katharine Springer, Indiana State Data Center Coordinator, will be one hand to share more information. Find out why the United States holds a census, how safe the census really is and what questions will be on this year’s census form! For additional information about this Indianapolis education event, visit the Indiana State Library’s website.

For more info on the 2010 American Census, visit its official website.

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2010 Census
Thursday, February 18 at 5:30 pm

Indiana State Library
315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204