Be counted

Published 7:35 pm Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Every 10 years, every person living in the United States is to be counted.

The first step the U.S. Census Bureau takes in counting America’s residents are to look for those easy to find, so look in your mailbox in the next few weeks and when you get the short U.S. Census form, please fill it out and mail it back.

More than 120 million households were mailed an advance letter, reminding the residents of the importance and impact the census has on communities.

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Census Bureau research shows that reaching out to respondents with an advance letter and reminder postcard if necessary can boost census mail-back rates and save money. For every 1 percent increase in households that respond by mail, taxpayers save about $85 million in operational costs associated with census-takers going door to door to follow up with households that did not mail back the form.

Beginning next week, the 10-question census form will be arriving in mailboxes around the country.

So for the county’s best interest—and the country’s—please answer the questions truthfully and mail back the census form.