US Census Bureau encourages all Americans 'be counted'

Each decade, census workers visit communities nationwide to identify the total number population within the United States. In 2010, the United States Census Bureau will disclose a new number.

What's its purpose?

For one, it determines the annual distribution of billions of dollars in government funding for critical community services nationwide. The collected data can then be used as a tool to help make weighty decisions such as where to build roads, schools, and other population-driven projects. An incomplete count of a community, such as Manlius, could hurt its chances of getting the funding it deserves.

"This census will give a more accurate picture of how our community has grown and is changing," said town clerk Allison Edsall. "And [it] will allow us to better serve [our residents]."

Additionally, the 2010 Census will justify redistricting on state and local levels as well as determine how many seats your state will have in Congress -- a complete count is vital to accurate representation.

Preparation for the 2010 Census begins now. Expect to find census takers in your neighborhoods soon:

"I just want the residents to be aware that census workers with electronic equipment will be visiting their neighborhoods and their participation is important," Edsall said. "The census workers will have proper identification and residents should be able to readily identify them as canvassers for the U.S. Census Bureau."

For more information on the 2010 Census, and to learn about potential job opportunities that come with it, visit http://2010.census.gov/2010census.

What is the Census?

The census is a count of everyone living in the United States every 10 years.

The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.

The next census is in 2010.

Your participation in the census is required by law.

It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census.

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